Former Idaho Death Row inmate arrested after threatening friend

Former Idaho Death Row inmate arrested after threatening friend
Posted at 2:51 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 17:58:23-04

A former Idaho Death Row inmate is back behind bars after being arrested for felony aggravated assault.

Donald Paradis was arrested shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Boise Police officers responded to a report of an assault which they were told place at a home near the intersection of West State Street and Ellens Ferry Drive.  

“Upon investigation, evidence indicated two men who were known to each other had been involved in a verbal disagreement.  As one man left the residence, the suspect –- later identified as Paradis -- reportedly poked the victim in the back of the head with what appeared to be a gun, causing him to fear for his safety,” said Boise Police spokesman Ryan Larrondo.

Officers made contact with the victim at a nearby business.  He declined to be checked by paramedics, Larrondo stated.  

Officers also spoke with the suspect and, following an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Ada County Jail where he was booked on a charge of felony aggravated assault.

Larrondo said officers did not immediately locate a gun at the residence.

Paradis made his initial court appearance in Ada County Wednesday afternoon.   

As of Tuesday afternoon, detectives were in the process of serving a search warrant on the residence. 

Paradis was sentenced to death in 1981 in Kootenai County for the death of a Washington state woman.