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Sunday, August 8, 2004

Stolen X-Box leads to Mass Murder

CNN Reports: Authorities in Deltona, Florida, have arrested and charged four people in the killings of six people in a rental home, Volusia County's sheriff said Sunday.

Sheriff Ben Johnson said the murder was organized by a man (Troy Victorino) who was angry because he believed his Xbox video game system and some clothes had been stolen.

Sheriff: 4 charged in Florida killings over Xbox [cnn.com]

Update: Here is a timeline of what law enforcement agencies did, and did not do, with Troy Victorino in the 12 days leading up to the murders of six young people in the early hours of Aug 6, 2004.

Through the Cracks

July 17, 2004 -- Abigael "Abby" Vazquez, 18, is punched in the head by Troy Victorino, 27, in a fight over a car debt. Victorino is 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, and has spent eight of the last 11 years in prison. Vazquez filed a complaint with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

July 20, 2004 -- Vazquez's complaint is forwarded to the State Attorney's Office.

July 29, 2004 -- Volusia County Sheriff's deputies arrest Troy Victorino, who is on probation, on charges of felony battery. He was released on $2,500 bond.

July 30, 2004 -- Sheriff's office notifies local probation officials of Victorino's arrest.

Aug. 2, 2004 -- This is the day Victorino's probation officer should have filed a violation report with a judge and requested a warrant be issued for Victorino's arrest, according to Department of Corrections rules.

Aug. 4, 2004 -- Probation Officer Richard Burrow fills out a report on Victorino's arrest, outlining the facts of Victorino's July 17 crime and July 29 arrest and noting that he appears to be "a threat to the community." It recommends that he be put in jail. But the report wasn't sent to the judge.

Aug. 5, 2004 -- Troy Victorino shows up in his DeLand probation office for his regular check-in. He then leaves without his probation officer detaining him to be arrested for violating probation.

Aug. 5/Aug. 6 -- Overnight, Troy Victorino allegedly goes to a Deltona, Florida, home and leads the beating and stabbing murders of six people (4 men and 2 women) and a dachshund. Three 18-year-olds -- Michael Salas, Robert Anthony Cannon, and Jerone Hunter, assisted Victorino in the murders.

Aug. 6, 2004 -- Probation officers walk the Aug. 4 report to the judge, who issues a warrant for Victorino's arrest for violating his probation with the July 29 arrest.

Aug. 7, 2004 -- Victorino is arrested on the warrant.

Aug. 8, 2004 -- Victorino and three others are charged with murder in the slayings.

Aug. 9, 2004 -- Corrections officials fire Richard Burrow, Burrow's supervisor (Paul Hayes) and two top probation officials (Robert Gordon, and Joe Hatem) for the oversight.

FIRED:
• Richard Burrow, 50, employed since 1983, ending salary $46,379
• Paul Hayes, 44, employed since 1982, ending salary $44,862
• Robert Gordon, 56, employed since 1972, ending salary $67,082
• Joe Hatem, 56, employed since 1974, ending salary $94,391

VICTIMS:
• Erin Bellanger, 22
• Francisco Ayo Roma, 30, boyfriend of Bellanger
• Michelle Ann Nathan, 19
• Roberto “Tito” Gonzalez, 28, who recently moved from New York
• Jonathan Gleason, 18
• Anthony Vega, 34

related links:
Picture of Troy Victorino [Mugshots.com]
Police arrest 4 in slayings of 6 in Florida [msnbc.com, Aug. 9, 2004]
The suspects [News-JournalOnlne, Aug. 9, 2004]
4 fired after suspect stayed free [St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 10, 2004]
Firings In Xbox Murders Aftermath [cbsnews.com, Aug. 10, 2004]
Another system failure to hold Victorino found [News-JournalOnlne, Aug. 12, 2004]
Through The Cracks [CBS News/AP]

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