Man accused of attacking Sen. Paul pleads not guilty

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Rand Paul has suffered six broken ribs and other injuries after his neighbor assaulted him on Friday. Alex Wong Getty Images

Rand Paul of Kentucky says he ended up with six broken ribs after a freaky attack by his neighbor last week while he was mowing his lawn.

Boucher, the Republican senator's neighbor, is charged with fourth-degree assault causing minor injury, for which he faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Rene Boucher allegedly tackled Paul, breaking six of his ribs and sustaining bruised lungs. Paul and Dr. Boucher, an anesthesiologist and "pain specialist", have been arguing about each other's lawn maintenance for years.

Media reports have said Boucher, also a physician like Paul, had a long-running dispute with the senator.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at a press conference about the latest Republican Effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. September 25, 2017.

As for the single misdemeanor charge, State Police told Fox News on Monday that in Kentucky, there is a statute that considers an assault a felony only if there is serious physical injury.

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"This was not a fight, it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person", he added.

Boucher and his lawyer, Matthew Baker, agreed to a pre-trial conference scheduled for November 30 to review the charges.

Warren County prosecutor Amy Milliken didn't provide any more details but said her office is working with Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I appreciate all of the support from everyone", Paul said in his tweet on Wednesday. The incident, which Baker stated was just the result of a disagreement over yard waste, has raised many questions, and some believe it was motivated by something deeper - possibly political.

Stivers is a former board member of the Homeowners Association at Rivergreen, the gated community where Senator Paul lives. "As to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years".

Rob Porter, a friend of the Libertarian former presidential candidate, previously said Paul was tackled when he bent over to move a tree limb while mowing the lawn. Boucher's attorney has called it "a very regrettable dispute" that was "trivial".

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