Grand jury adds, ups charges in August shooting/robbery

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 08:00 PM

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has charged a new person and upgraded the charges against another in connection with a shooting and robbery that happened last August on Robert Henderson Road.

Coronado D. Angel had already been facing robbery and assault charges after he was arrested in August, shortly after the incident took place. After the Sevier County Grand Jury reviewed the case, he is now facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of especially aggravated robbery, six counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated robbery.

At the time of the incident, authorities said they had arrested a juvenile in connection with the crime. Now, 17-year-old Hermis Leonel Salinas is being charges as an adult, and facing the same set of charges as Angel, Sheriff Ron Seals said.

The new indictments against the two were released after the grand jury met this week.

They are accused in connection with an Aug. 29 incident in which two people were shot in a Robert Henderson Road home.

Initial reports indicated that two other people joined Angel when he went into the home to take money and drugs from the occupants. The reports indicated Angel was believed to be the triggerman, and that he was accused of shooting one man in the arm and another in the face, chest and abdomen. Salinas was believed to have been the driver of the getaway car.

Seals said it now appears the two acted alone.

They were both being held Friday.

n jfarrell@themountainpress.com