Deltona Massacre AKA Xbox Murders

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The XBox Murders also known as the Deltona Massacre took place in Florida in 2004 that ended with six people losing their lives. According to court documents Troy Victorino was evicted from a property and he basically wanted revenge. Along with Robert Cannon, Jerone Hunter and Michael Salas the four men would return to the property and would invade the home. What took place next was six people would be tortured and bludgeoned to death. Robert Cannon and Michael Salas would be sentenced to multiple life in prison terms and Troy Victorino and Jerone Hunter would be sentenced to death. Troy Victorino and Jerone Hunter would be awarded a new trial due to the laws surrounding the death penalty changing.

Jerone Hunter 2020 Information

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DC Number:V26165
Birth Date:05/31/1986
Initial Receipt Date:09/22/2006
Current Facility:UNION C.I.
Current Custody:MAXIMUM
Current Release Date:DEATH SENTENCE

Troy Victorino 2020 Information

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DC Number:898405
Birth Date:12/11/1976
Initial Receipt Date:09/22/2006
Current Facility:UNION C.I.
Current Custody:MAXIMUM
Current Release Date:PENDING

Robert Cannon 2020 Information

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DC Number:C00095
Birth Date:02/02/1986
Initial Receipt Date:09/01/2006
Current Facility:EVERGLADES C.I.
Current Custody:CLOSE
Current Release Date:SENTENCED TO LIFE

Michael Salas 2020 Information

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DC Number:C00014
Birth Date:12/12/1985
Initial Receipt Date:08/04/2006
Current Facility:CFRC-EAST
Current Custody:CLOSE
Current Release Date:SENTENCED TO LIFE

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An appeal by Troy Victorino, who was sent to Death Row for the baseball-bat beating deaths of six people in Volusia County — a notorious case often referred to as the “Xbox murders” — was rejected Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court.

Victorino, 41, had asked the state’s high court to reduce his sentence from death to life in prison. In its order, the Supreme Court described his attorneys’ arguments “unpersuasive” and “meritless.”

He was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jonathan Gleason, 17; Michelle Nathan, 19; Erin Belanger, 22; Roberto Gonzalez, 28; Francisco Ayo Roman, 30; and Anthony Vega, 34.

The slayings occurred in a home on Telford Lane in Deltona. A co-worker of two of the home’s residents went to check on them Aug. 6, 2004, and found them dead. The door had been kicked in and blood was everywhere.

The case drew national attention, in part because of its gruesome nature — beaten to death with bats, the victims’ throats were also cut, likely after they died; a dachshund named George was found dead inside the home — and also the motive: Prosecutors said it was Victorino’s anger over an Xbox console, which he claimed had been stolen.

At the time, it was Central Florida’s deadliest mass killing in two decades.

Victorino is awaiting re-sentencing.

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The killers in the Deltona mass murder sneaked around the house peeping through windows before kicking down the front door and delivering the worst nightmare possible to six young people, including two Lowell natives, sleeping inside, prosecutors said in opening statements yesterday.

“With a rush, each with different assignments, they beat and stabbed all six young people to death in a matter of minutes,” State Attorney John Tanner told a 12-member jury.

The jury of seven women and five men selected yesterday, a few hours before opening statements, will decide the fate of Troy Victorino, 29, Michael Salas, 20, and Jerone Hunter, 20. The three face the death penalty if convicted of killing the six people in the home at 3106 Telford Lane in Deltona on Aug. 6, 2004.

Erin Belanger and her boyfriend, Francisco Ayo-Roman, were among those murdered.

The motive for the killings: Victorino felt dissed.

“They disrespected him,” Tanner said. “It was not over an X-Box or a T-shirt. It was a matter of disrespect. They murdered Erin Belanger, (Francisco) Ayo-Roman, sometimes called Flaco, Jonathan Gleason, Roberto Manuel Gonzalez, Michelle Nathan, Anthony Vega and the little dachshund.”

The attackers showed no mercy, prosecutors said.

Gonzalez pleaded for his life, saying he did not live there. That did not stop the attackers from mercilessly bludgeoning him to death with aluminum baseball bats and then mutilating his body, Tanner said. The sickening thud of bats on flesh and bones continued amidst the screams of the women and the crying of a pet dog, Tanner said. The screams only stopped when there were no more sounds of life, he said.

The fourth man, Robert Cannon, 20, pleaded guilty to his role in the massacre and will be sentenced to life in prison without parole in exchange for his testimony against the others.

Those slain range in age from the teens to the 30s: Gleason, 17, Nathan, 19, Belanger, 22, Gonzalez, 28, Ayo-Roman, 30, and Vega, 34. The pet dachshund named George was stomped to death.

Tanner said Victorino was angered when Belanger called authorities after she found him and Hunter squatting at her grandmother’s Providence Boulevard home in Deltona. Belanger sheriff’s called deputies, and Victorino was arrested.

When Victorino got of jail, he “found his nest torn” and his property taken and wanted revenge, Tanner said.

Prosecutors showed graphic photographs of gaping wounds on the abdomens, necks, hips and other parts of the victims. Some jurors looked away. Bill Belanger, the father of Erin Belanger and a resident of Hudson, N.H., and his family left the courtroom to avoid seeing the bloody photos of Belanger. The graphic nature of the photographs showing stab wounds and severe head injuries had some jurors looking away.

“I don’t want to remember her like that,” said Pamela Belanger, Erin Belanger’s mother. “I can’t believe they did it. That was sick. I hope the jury will give them the death penalty.”

Prosecutors also showed a five-minute video of the inside of the house, including the bodies. During the video, Hunter stared at the table. Victorino wrote on a piece of paper and looked at a clock on the wall. Salas rested his chin on his thumb and index finger of his left hand and watched the entire video.

Victorino’s defense team of Michael Nielsen and Jeff Dowdy asked jurors to carefully scrutinize Cannon’s testimony. Nielsen also asked the jury to weigh Brandon Graham’s testimony. Graham was a fifth person authorities say withdrew from the murder plot and was not charged with being a principle to the crime, Nielsen said.

“Anthony Cannon fashioned a way out for himself,” Nielsen said. “He cut a deal with the state, and because of that, he is to be viewed carefully.”

In his statement, Salas’ attorney, Jeffery Dees, told the jury that although Tanner gave a powerful speech, he was not present when the crimes happened and only knows what witnesses told him. Dees also blamed Victorino for Salas’ problems.

“Evidence will show that Victorino used his size, power and anger to intimidate four 18-year-olds to go with him to the house,” Dees said. “Evidence will show Mike (Salas) is not a killer, that he did not kill anybody, and did not even know the names of the victims.”

Dees’ statements prompted Victorino’s attorneys to renew their motion to sever the trial, but Circuit Judge William A. Parson denied it.

Hunter’s attorneys, Ed Mills and Frank Bankowitz, made no opening statements.

Also testifying yesterday were Christopher Carroll, the Orlando painting subcontractor who discovered the bodies, Volusia County Deputy Anthony Crane, the first to enter the house, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Stacey Colton, who collected evidence from the home.

Assistant State Attorney David Smith said he is pleased with the progress of the trial, but defense attorneys said it was a tough day.

“It wasn’t a good day for the defense,” Nielsen said. “It was as tough as we expected it to be.”

The 12 jurors were selected after a six-day search for an impartial jury. They include a medical assistant, two elementary-school teachers, a pest-control technician, a salesman, a Web-page designer, an Internal Revenue Service budget analyst, a toll collector and an insurance agent. Only one of the jurors is black.

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