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Man exonerated after 14 years on death row charged in case

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 1:26 p.m.

Donald Paradis listens as his lawyer Bill Mauk speaks to the media in a press conference outside the Kootenai County Courthouse in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Tuesday afternoon. Paradis, a former deathrow inmate, was released after nearly 21 years in prison. (Liz Kishimoto / The Spokesman-Review)
Donald Paradis listens as his lawyer Bill Mauk speaks to the media in a press conference outside the Kootenai County Courthouse in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Tuesday afternoon. Paradis, a former deathrow inmate, was released after nearly 21 years in prison. (Liz Kishimoto / The Spokesman-Review)
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BOISE – A man who spent 20 years in an Idaho prison, including 14 years on death row, for murder before being exonerated is facing new charges.

KTVB-TV reported that Donald Manuel Paradis was arrested Tuesday for aggravated assault.

The victim told police he was in an argument with Paradis inside the suspect’s Boise home, culminating in Paradis pulling out a gun and pressing to the back of the victim’s head.

Lawyers for Paradis painted a different picture, saying the victim – a homeless man Paradis had allowed to stay with him for several weeks – was intoxicated at the time and had become belligerent and threatening.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 18. If convicted of aggravated assault, Paradis could face up to five years in prison.

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