Four Florida officials fired over Xbox slaying
State set ex-con free
Four Florida corrections workers have been canned after they failed to put an ex-con thought responsible for the recent Xbox slayings in jail before the killings could occur.
Florida whacked one probation officer and his three supervisors on Monday for allowing Troy Victorino to violate his probation and then go on allegedly to conspire to kill six people over a stolen Xbox. Relatives of those killed have expressed anger at Florida police for letting Victorino go and have suggested the murders may not have taken place if the probation official had done his job. The state warned it could fire more workers as a result of the tragedy.
Victorino's past is full of violent acts, and he was arrested on July 29 for slugging a man in the mouth. Police notified his probation officers of the violation. The officers were then expected to seek an arrest warrant for Victorino. Police officials say the request for the arrest warrant could have been filed with 48 hours, but the probation officers waited more than a week, giving Victorino time to kill, according to the police.
Victorino is thought to have convinced three teenagers to help him exact revenge on a woman believed to have stolen* his Xbox and clothes. The foursome last week allegedly went to the woman's house and killed her, five other people and a dog. The victims were beaten to death with baseball bats as they slept.
Victorino left the scene with his Xbox game console in hand.
The four suspected killers have been charged with first-degree murder and the local sheriff's office has called for the death penalty in the case. ®
*There is some debate as to whether the Xbox was "stolen" or simply left behind at a squatters' house. There is more on the Xbox past here.