Excerpts from an article regarding defendant, Troy Victorino, on WKMG TV (Local6.com) website from August 9th of 2004 - 3 days after the Deltona massacre.
"Deltona 'Ringleader' Nearly Beat Man To Death In '96"
Deputies: Revenge Over Xbox Was Motive For Mass Murder
UPDATED: August 9, 2004
The accused ringleader of a group of men who allegedly beat six people to death with aluminum baseball bats in Deltona, Fla., also beat a man until he was unrecognizable in 1996, according to Local 6 News.
Troy Victorino, 27, left a path of destruction long before the murders of six people Friday, Local 6 News reported.
Victorino attacked Michael Stern, who was 20-year-old at the time of the attack, with a walking stick in 1996.
Stern's face and all of his teeth were broken in the attack. Also, his ear was ripped off, according to the report.
"When I saw him in bed, I couldn't ever recognize my own son," the victim's mother Carol Stern said.
"They needed pictures of him to know what he looked like because his head was the size of a basketball."
At the time, Stern pleaded with prosecutors to charge Victorino with attempted first-degree murder. However, Victorino went to jail on a lesser aggravated battery charge.
He served six years for the attack.
Stern said Monday that Victorino should get the death penalty for Friday's attack. Victorino and three other men were charged with first-degree murder Sunday.
"He needs to be executed," Stern said. "I don't think the prisoners would be safe with this man. He's a monster. I think everyone can agree with that."
Police said Friday's attack was the brutal culmination of an argument between Victorino, an ex-convict, and one of the victims, who is believed to be Erin Belanger, 22. She was singled out for a beating so vicious that even dental records were useless in trying to identify her.
All four suspects were armed with aluminum bats when Victorino kicked in the locked front door, according to arrest records. The group, who wore black clothes and had scarves on their faces, grabbed knives inside and attacked victims in different rooms of the three-bedroom house, authorities said.
The victims, some of whom were sleeping, did not put up a fight or try to escape, Sheriff Ben Johnson said. All had been stabbed, but autopsies determined the cause of death was the beating injuries.
Victorino, the last to leave the house, took the Xbox, police said. "The victims really had no chance," Johnson said. "They had no chance to arm themselves it appears."
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