Defendant Sentenced In Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

abel-salas-fiA Clayton man will be deported from the country after he serves a prison sentence for a shooting outside a Smithfield business two years ago.

Abel Salas, 24, of Stephanie Lane, Clayton pled guilty last week to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and three counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property. Salas shot Daniel Landavere Gonzalez outside Twister’s nightclub at 1300 South Brightleaf Boulevard in May 2014.

Salas had originally been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Salas was sentenced to a minimum of 73 months to a maximum of 100 months and was ordered to pay over $9,000 in restitution to the victims. Salas used a 9mm handgun to shoot Gonzalez who was left paralyzed.

Assistant District Attorney Lori Carroll said, “The DA’s office worked closely with law enforcement in this case to ensure justice for the victim and accountability for the defendant.” After Salas serves his time in the NC Department of Corrections a judge ordered him to be deported from the United States by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.