SENATOR Rand Paul was subjected to an anonymous threat in May 2021 that made reference to an assault in 2017.
It came after the politician was attacked by his neighbor Rene Boucher at his home in Bowling Green and suffered serious injuries.
Who is Rand Paul’s former neighbour?
Rand Paul’s former neighbour is Rene Boucher.
Believed to be around 62 years in age, Mr Boucher is serving a sentence for a crime that he committed in 2017.
He was an anesthesiologist and used to own a property next to Senator Rand Paul in Bowling Green.
However, he sold the property in June 2019, for an estimated $482,000, with proceeds going towards the court.
What happened in 2017 and why did Rene Boucher assault Rand Paul?
In 2017, Boucher assaulted Paul over a garden dispute.
The argument arose over the Republican’s habit of leaving waste on the border of their properties in Bowling Green.
As Boucher’s fury spilled into violence, he attacked the politician – leaving him with a number of serious injuries.
During the three day trial in 2019, Boucher pleaded guilty to the assault as Paul testified that “he feared for his life”.
A court awarded the senator $375,000 in punitive damages, $200,000 for pain and nearly $8,000 for medical costs.
Boucher was initially sentenced to 30 days in jail for the attack, as well as 100 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.
However, proescutors later determined that the sentence was too lenient and he was given an additional eight months in prison for the assault in June 2020.
Boucher was also told he must serve six months in home confinement.
What injuries did Rand Paul suffer?
As Paul was blowing leaves on to his lawn, Boucher ran over and tackled him to the ground.
The assault left the senator with six broken ribs and multiple fractures.
Paul reportedly told the court after the attack that “the thought crossed my mind that I may never get up from this lawn again,” before he was rushed to hospital.
During the June 2020 virtual hearing, Paul said that he flew 10 feet in the air from the force of the attack and was left with a “significant injury that I have lifelong symptoms from”.
Paul said: “I don’t know what a night without pain is like or what a day without pain is like, so I do suffer from this.
“This was no routine altercation. This was no sort of face-to-face, man-to-man thing.”
He also added that he suffered from several bouts of pneumonia following the attack and eventually had to have hernia surgery because of his excessive coughing.
Where is Bowling Green?
Bowling Green is a city in Southern Kentucky which is famed for its museum and countryside.
Paul has been serving as a junior United States Senator from Kentucky since 2011.
In May 2021, the politician received a mysterious package filled with white powder at his home, prompting the FBI to investigate its contents and the threatening image that came with it.
It included a picture that made reference to the attack he suffered at the property in 2017, with the words: “I’ll finish what your neighbor started you m*********r.”
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