A Utah State Prison parolee charged with assaulting a woman last month near his west-side home has pleaded not guilty to two felonies.

Lawrence Mac Holt, 66, faces a hearing May 17 before 3rd District Judge Timothy Hanson.

Holt, who was paroled in 1978 after serving 12 years for first-degree murder, is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

He is accused of pointing a handgun at a 28-year-old woman in a car parked outside his apartment at 959 Genessee Ave. The woman fled, chased by Holt, according to the charges. Bystanders rescued the woman and Holt fled into his apartment, refusing to come out.

Police arrested him after firing tear gas into his apartment. Holt, who had cut his throat and stabbed himself in the abdomen during the hourlong standoff, spent a week in a hospital before being booked into jail on the charges.