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New details have emerged in the mysterious story behind the attack on GOP Sen. Rand Paul by his neighbor that left the lawmaker hospitalized with six broken ribs and injured lungs late last year.
According to new court documents reviewed by the Associated Press, Rene Boucher became enraged after Paul repeatedly piled yard debris near the line dividing their Kentucky properties.
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Boucher set fire to one of the piles the day before he tackled Paul to the ground as the senator worked in his yard.
New details have emerged in the mysterious story surrounding the physical attack on Sen. Rand Paul by his neighbor that left the Republican lawmaker hospitalized with six broken ribs and injured lungs late last year.
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The motive behind the assault at Paul's Bowling Green, Kentucky property had for months remained elusive as neither man provided any substantive explanation.
But according to new court documents reviewed by the Associated Press, Paul angered his neighbor of 17 years, a 59-year-old retired anesthesiologist, after he repeatedly piled yard debris near the line dividing their properties in their upscale gated community last fall.
Boucher - Yard - Waste - Back - Porch
Boucher found the yard waste, which was visible from his back porch, "unsightly" and had it loaded into portable dumpsters and disposed of in October.
After Paul created new mounds, Boucher poured gasoline on two large piles of branches and set them ablaze, giving himself second-degree burns.
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But Paul continued his yard work and the next day blew leaves into his neighbor's lawn.
According to Boucher's defense attorneys, this is when Boucher "lost his temper" and ran toward Paul, tackling him from behind as Paul carried...
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