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QUESTION: I worked with a guy who won some money at a casino and had his friend claim it for lack of ID. The friend kept the money and my co-worker went on a rampage, attacking and killing him with a bat before going into the house and attacking two young girls sleeping and then going next door and trying to attack an elderly couple. What was the outcome after his arrest. This happened around 2001-2003 I believe.
Submitted by: Robert, Stockton
ANSWER: Luis Orosco was found guilty of murder and five counts of attempted murder after going on a rampage at a house in North Highlands in August 2004.
Sheriff's deputies said a 35-year-old man who lived at a house on Marabou Court was found dead. Six other people, including two young girls, had been beaten with an aluminum baseball bat and were taken to area hospitals, according to a story in The Bee.
Investigators said Orosco believed that the homicide victim had stolen $1,300 from him and had not given him respect.
When deputies arrived in the neighborhood near Don Julio and Elkhorn boulevards, they found a woman with severe head trauma. She led deputies to her house, telling them her husband was injured inside.
Deputies found a man's body in the garage. He reportedly had been hit several times with a baseball bat and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two girls, ages 10 and 11, were asleep when the attack started and each was hit in the head with a bat.
Orosco then went into a neighbor's backyard. The couple living in the home tried unsuccessfully to keep him out by closing the door, but he attacked them as well, striking each with the bat.
A seventh person, a 51-year-old man who lived in a shed behind the house where the first attack occurred, also had been hit in the head by the bat and was found running down the street.
Orosco, now 44, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison and is at California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville.
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