Assault suspect faces new charges

Jesse Corona allegedly hit one person and stabbed another last April.

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WALLA WALLA -- A gang member suspected of assaulting two people in December now faces two additional charges for alleged attacks last April.

Jesse Corona, 19, of 115 N. Fifth Ave., was charged Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with two counts of second-degree assault.

He is accused of stabbing Zachary Gonzalez in the lower back and striking Brian Saldana in his ear during a fight about 11 p.m. April 15 at 11th Avenue and Willow Street.

Bail for Corona was set at $250,000.

He has been incarcerated in the County Jail since late December, awaiting trial later this month on two counts of first-degree assault.

Police claim he used a switchblade-style knife to stab Brian Lamprea, 18, during an altercation outside the residence at 412 S. Eighth Ave. about 1:40 a.m. Dec. 24.

Lamprea -- reportedly a member of Corona's own gang -- was badly injured with a puncture wound near the base of his skull that fractured a vertebra. Lamprea also suffered a head laceration and both wounds were bleeding profusely, officials said.

In addition, a juvenile -- whose name isn't being disclosed by law enforcement -- reportedly suffered a cut hand while trying to intervene in the fight.

Corona pleaded guilty in September to a gross-misdemeanor riot charge for participating in a reported gang-related fight on West Cherry Street in early February of last year. For that, he received a 330-day suspended jail sentence and 12 months of probation.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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