Judge Binds Coronado Over To District Court For Trial On Two Aggravated Assault Charges
A man was bound over to state district court on two counts of aggravated assault, according to a ruling Tuesday by Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen.
William Coronado III, 35, is charged with one count of aggravated assault with the use of a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated assault with the intent to cause serious bodily injury, Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Hambrick said after the defendant's preliminary hearing.
Prosecutors had considered filing a charge of first-degree sexual assault, but there was not enough evidence to support that, Hambrick said.
Coronado, who was released from prison in early February, was arrested earlier this month after Brigette Gonzalez, his girlfriend of three weeks, contacted police to say the two were involved in the assault of a woman at a local motel on Feb. 20.
Gonzalez, who was already at the Natrona County Detention Center on an unrelated incident, told police she was present when Coronado had sex with a woman, and participated in beating her and cutting her.
During the preliminary hearing, Hambrick questioned police investigator Shannon Daley about the case.
Daley said Coronado called 911 and told responding officers about a woman at his motel room who was drunk and cutting herself. The woman was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center where she was saying "he's hitting me" and she became more aggressive when she arrived. She was later transferred to the Wyoming Behavioral Institute where she remains, Daley said.
The woman later notified police after she sobered up, Daley said.
Gonzalez told officers she had recently met the victim, hung out together, decided to drink and Coronado gave them money for liquor. The two women talked about prostituting themselves then robbing the customer.
Coronado later had sex with the victim on a bed in the motel room, Daley said. Gonzalez watched, but felt powerless to do anything because “'what he wants done has to be done.'”
After the sex, the woman began fighting and Coronado told Gonzalez to make her stop. They forced her to the floor, punched her in the face and used a can opener and a knife to cut her, Daley said.
During the hearing, Coronado would shake his head no when Daley recounted the stories of the victim and Gonzalez, and would smile and smirk when Daley told his side of the story including his denials of cutting the victim.
Daley said Coronado and Gonzalez tried to make her stop screaming by putting a wet towel over her face. They tried to choke her, and turned on the bath water and the television to muffle her screams. They then threw her outside where she walked around naked. She came back to their room with the motel's manager who told Coronado and Gonzales to deal with her, Daley said.
Coronado is being held on $100,000 bond and Gonzalez is being held on $50,000 awaiting trial.