Craig man avoids jail


Mike Paroli of Craig pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in Moffat County court Thursday. He had faced felony charges of attempted murder.

Paroli, 52, was arrested in late March after his wife called 911 claiming he was trying to kill her.

The couple had been kept apart by a protection order since the incident occurred.

In a statement to the court, Deborah Paroli asked to be reunited with her husband as soon as possible.

Mike Paroli had undergone mouth surgery and was taking medication at the time of the incident, Deborah Paroli said.

"What happened is not something I worry about," she said.

"It was the medication. I know what happened. I'd like the restraining order to be lifted as soon as possible."

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office agreed to drop the attempted murder charges against Paroli if he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanodr.

"I think the right thing happened," Paroli's attorney, Heather Turner, said after the case adjourned.

"I think this was a third-degree assault case from the get go."

County Court Judge Mary Lynn James sentenced Paroli to one year of supervised probation.

She ordered him to take a 36-week domestic violence class and to undergo an alcohol evaluation.

He is restricted from drinking alcohol while on probation.

According to a report by Craig Police, both Parolis were intoxicated at the time of the incident.

"This incident probably wouldn't have happened if both of you hadn't been intox-icated," James said.

She ordered that the protection order be lifted as soon as Mike Paroli enrolled in a domestic violence class.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch had asked the court to impose a jail sentence on Paroli.

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