Troy Victorino was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for a robbery that would leave six people dead. According to court documents Troy Victorino, Jerone Hunter, Robert Cannon and Micheal Salas would enter a home and proceed to murder six people inside. Troy Victorino would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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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.”
Victorino was convicted of first-degree murder in the killings 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, while he claimed had been stolen
At the time, it was Central Florida’s deadliest mass killing in two decades.
Victorino is currently awaiting re-sentencing.
The jurors who recommended he be executed were not unanimous, so his death sentence was one of many overturned when the U.S. Supreme Court deemed Florida’s death penalty system unconstitutional in 2016.
Prosecutors have indicated they plan to again seek the death penalty.
In asking the state Supreme Court for a life sentence, Victorino argued sentencing him again would be too time consuming and costly, and that it would violate the constitutional protection against double jeopardy.
The court unanimously rejected his request.