Kirsters Baish| Recall back to November of 2017 when Republican Senator Rand Paul of Texas was attacked by a crazed neighbor outside his Kentucky home. Senator Paul suffered six broken ribs as a result of the violent incident.
At the time, Senator Paul wrote on Twitter, “I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion.”
I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 8, 2017
The Gateway Pundit explains that “the final medical report indicated six broken ribs and an X-ray showed a pleural effusion. The attacker, Rene Boucher, a 59-year-old retired anesthesiologist, was charged with fourth-degree assault.”
The news outlet also explains that “neighbor’s of the Republican lawmaker say reports that the incident was over a landscaping dispute was fake news. Boucher tackled Senator Paul from behind and broke six of his ribs. He was released from jail the next day.”
In March, Boucher pleaded guilty to one federal charge of assaulting a Congress member. He requested probation.
Then, in June, he was sentenced to 30 days in federal prison. The courts also ruled that he would be subject to a year of supervised release, in addition to a $10,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. He was also told to have zero contact with the victim and his family.
Fox News explains that “Paul at the time said he thought Boucher should’ve faced a longer sentence for the attack, which kept Paul off Capitol Hill for nearly two weeks. Shortly after the attack, Boucher’s attorney claimed the clash had ‘absolutely nothing to do’ with politics, and was a dispute over something ‘trivial.'”
Boucher was found guilty this past Wednesday of having assaulted the United States Senator. He was slapped with a $580,000 fine for the violent attack.
The Associated Press wrote on Twitter, “Kentucky jury awards U.S. Sen. Rand Paul more than $580,000 in damages against neighbor who attacked him.”
Kentucky jury awards U.S. Sen. Rand Paul more than $580,000 in damages against neighbor who attacked him. https://t.co/po4nqhKlPs
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 30, 2019
Fox News reported:
Sen. Rand Paul was awarded over $580,000 in damages by a Kentucky jury on Wednesday after he was attacked by his neighbor in the fall of 2017.
Paul, R-Ky., was awarded $375,000 in punitive damages and $200,000 for pain and suffering, plus $7,834 for medical expenses.
The lawmaker was violently attacked by his neighbor, Rene Boucher, in November 2017 while he was mowing his lawn. Paul was tackled from behind and suffered six broken ribs, including three displaced fractures. His recovery was complicated by fluid and blood around the lungs and recurrent pneumonia.