Skip to comments.Steven Hayes Sentenced to Death for the Deadly Conn. Home Invasion
Posted on 11/08/2010 9:06:26 AM PST by Racehorse
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let family of the victims have at the bound and gagged perps....with small knives and .22 rimfire guns all in non fatal spots taking especially careful aim at those creeps genitals, then finish them off with gasoline and a match....
That was my first thought too. ;)
Just heard as much as I could to the post verdict presser, and I think, what the Petit family/friends said, could be viewed as SENDING a message to the those who got elected and in a special way, to Dan Malloy and company to NOT mess around with the law or expect angry blowback at them.
I know some people who are pro-life (anti-abortion) and feel that all life is sacred. Personally, I think an innocent child is way different than a person who planned a brutal murder. Anyone capable of raping a child and killing most of the family has no place among the living. They chose to act this way and they should pay the ultimate price. IMHO. My heart grieves for the father and I wonder if he will ever have anywhere near a normal life again.
No, I think you are right on. My father was a Federal judge until his death, and we spent many hours discussing the legal process over the years, especially as it related to public trials and famous crimes. The real obligation of the jury is not only to render the correct verdict and sentence (which they got right in both counts in this case), but to reach that verdict and corresponding sentence through careful, precise deliberation. The jury deliberation process, especially in a murder trial, is very exacting and taxing - my wife served on a jury for murder involving a drug deal gone bad. That was a crime that was far less heinous and involved than this one, and it still took three days to deliberate so that they could follow and attend to the details of the deliberation, verdict and sentencing process. (Yup, he was guilty, too, 20 to life).
My feelings are the jurors that were crying were doing so out of an overwhelming feeling of relief, of the magnitude of the trial and the fact that they did not volunteer for this - they were chosen for this task. It had to be incredibly painful.
He won’t.....he is a doctor unable to work because of the damage done by the perps with a baseball bat to his head.
I can’t imagine the stress of everyone involved in this. I’m glad I wasn’t.
I guess we’ll see if this waste of oxygen believes what he says. Hayes has said in the past that he would rather die than live with torment of what he has done. He, like Michael Ross before him, can do everything in his power to speed up the process and make sure there is a speedy execution.
I wouldn’t have any issue with life in prison if they stuck them in a 5’x5’x5’ cell and never let them out of it until they had assumed room temperature.
I guess in a way he was killed that day as well. His heart may still be beating but sometimes events are too horrific to overcome.
Food for thought. The first murderer was Cain. God did not cause Cain to be put to death. Later, God dealt the death penalty to various nations and for certain acts done by individual Hebrews under the Law of Moses. The difference may be that God's use of the death penalty is for preventing further sin by separating His people from evil and by providing an penalty so great it is avoided.
In non-religious terms, the death penalty is best argued as a deterrent to future acts either by the perpetrators or by those who follow them.
It seems to me this is only fair. And this would be a greater deterrant than current law, I think, because the perp never really knows what (s)he's risking when commiting a crime.
Congratulations to this Connecticut jury!
Seems a bit long, but they were thorough. He was found guilty of death several times over, on multiple counts. You want to minimize the chances for appeal on procedural grounds.
That’s how I feel, there is a big difference in the murder of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty. I firmly believe that those who violate another’s most basic human right, the right to live, and certainly those that do so with heinous circumstances (such as this), have surrendered their right to live. The real travesty in justice is not executing the sentences in a timely manner, allowing seemingly endless appeals (OK, so only to the SCOTUS, but it seems like forever) and delaying the date with procedural efforts. Dr. Petit, the father and husband, spoke after the trial of being fortunate that he had the financial means to go through this whole process without having to depend upon the limited financial support offered by Victims Aid. His point was the defense and the defendants have seemingly unlimited support for the trial and for their subsequent appeals.
God forgive me for what I have wished upon these savages. The death penalty is not enough.
Thanks for the ping!
He should have been taken out the day he was discovered to be behind this heinous crime.
230 grains does solve problems.
I think his face says it all. That man’s face shows a sorrow nobody should know. Meanwhile, the Commandment was about taking an innocent life. People who are against the death penalty should also be against ALL killing in war as well and they should also be against self-defense because technically, who is to say their life is worth more than the other guy. I just think it gets really weird when you start going that route.
Well, that could get really interesting and gory even.
And not in the chair either.... It's too humane.
He needs to know what they went through.
Only criminals can get away with that. No trial. No jury. Nothing but a excruciating death sentence for the victims.
And then the bleeding hearts liberals whine about HIS suffering when he dies.
V: It is indeed hard to imagine that anyone can come up with an excessive punishment for these beasts. PS: thanks for the GIF
God is the one who instituted the death penalty for murder. Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not abolish it.
The only people who can forgive him for what he did are dead, those he killed. It's not the place of the government to forgive him for them. It's the place of the government to execute justice.
Romans 13 1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is Gods servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out Gods wrath on the wrongdoer.
This guy committed this crime knowing full well that he raped and murdered and that it's wrong and there are penalties for it. It's a risk he CHOSE to take.
It's not worth the risk to society that these animals could get loose, or be freed, and go out to do it again. What will you say to the next victim and the family of the next victim by protecting the criminal?
The death penalty is a protection for society since so many of these people will do it again given the chance. It needs to be enforced and God can still grant him mercy, even if he doesn't have years left on this planet.
If there’s even the slightest chance that men like those two were ever allowed in public again, there’s too much of a chance they will harm someone else. As it is, they might spend a lifetime sentence murdering inside prison. What if one of your loved ones were incarcerated with them? Wouldn’t prisons be at least a little less full and a whole lot less dangerous if violent criminals were executed?
For the few not familiar with the case, the Petit family lived in an upscale neighborhood in Connecticut. On the night of the crime, the two perpetrators broke into the Petit home and surprised William Petit, who was up late, reading. Doctor Petit was beaten into unconsciousness with a baseball bat, tied hand and foot, then strapped to a post in the basement of his home as the killers ravaged his wife (who suffered from MS) and daughters, age 17 and 11. Dr. Petit eventually came too and managed to free his hands (but not his feet) and crawled out a basement window. He hopped/crawled to a neighbor's house and managed to summon the neighbor, who freed Petit and called police, who had already been alerted and had surrounded the Petit house but didn't know how many men were involved or what was happening inside.
About then, the perps, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, set the house on fire and tried to escape in the Petit's family van but were intercepted by a police roadblock (they crashed the van trying to escape). Dr. Petit was taken to the hospital with a huge gash in his forehead, requiring many stitches. He has been unable to work as a doctor since the beating. According to his confession, Petit's wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit was raped and strangled by Steven Hayes. Eleven-year-old Michaela Petit was raped by Komisarjevsky. Both Michaela and her sister, Hayley, 17, were tied to their beds, doused with gasoline and set on fire. They died of smoke inhalation. Hayley's body was found outside her bedroom. She had apparently gotten free and tried to escape but was overcome by smoke inhalation. Michaela's body was found still tied to her bed.
This is what these men did while holding the women hostage and attempting to have Jennifer Hawke-Petit take $15,000. out of her bank account to give to them. She did, but wrote a note on the withdrawal slip that alerted a bank teller to the fact that she was being held hostage. The bank teller called the police but had no information other than Mrs. Petit was being held hostage. This is why the Cheshire, Connecticut police didn't immediately enter the house but set up a perimeter around it to thwart an escape by the perps. It worked, but three lives were lost that day and the survivor, William Petit, will certainly never be the same, although he doesn't blame the police.
Following the death penalty verdict for Steven Hayes, Dr. Petit commented: "Vengeance belongs to the Lord. This is about justice. We need to have some rules in a civilized society." He also said it wouldn't bring 'closure', saying whoever came up with the concept was "an imbecile." "It's a hole with jagged edges," he said. "Over time the edges may smooth out a little bit, but the hole in your heart, the hole in your soul is always there."
Joshua Komisarjevsky will be tried next year.
Most people I know in the “against” column are there for two reasons:
1. Study after study has shown that, in many jurisdictions, the death penalty is administered disproportionately against certain groups. (Blacks more than whites, men more than women, for instance). That is to say, those groups are more likely to receive the death penalty for having committed the same crime.
See http://www.abanet.org/irr/hr/summer99/tabak.html for the argument that discrimination remains a problem. Note that there are counterarguments, some of which are addressed in that article.
2. Many high-profile exonerations since the advent of DNA-evidence have shown that some number of death row inmates must be innocent. (Intuitively, this must be the case regardless of DNA evidence, unless we naively believe our justice system never makes mistakes.) While many of those innocent will never be exonerated, there seems to be a philosophical resistance to denying them the chance that some revelation will free them.
You think it might be that soon?
I’m offended this POS is still drawing breath.
Something I will ponder for awhile. Don't get me wrong, I am in favor of the DP. Still, an interesting question.
One day should have sufficed. Four is a bit much. My guess is that someone on the panel didn’t actually think this monster deserved the death penalty. I’ve made wrong guesses before, but after the second day, that did seem likely.
I am well aware of the Innocence Project. However, this is where you and I might disagree. Truly, there are cases where the evidence is not so great, but then there are cases where there really is NO shred of doubt - such as this recent trial of Mr. Hayes. This is why there must be some way to ensure that people like this no longer walk the earth.
We will never get it perfect. Meanwhile, we do have much better forensics; now if only the police will do their job. So many times, I have seen stories where the cops just botched it from the first moment - loss of chain of custody and so on.
And I do think our justice system is definitely lacking - in many, many ways. Money should not be the arbiter of justice EVER. That is just wrong on so many levels and why I think Jesus says we are to pray for and visit those in prison. We know that the saints themselves have been in prison and that the persecuted church still is - and often ends up unjustly persecuted and prosecuted.
On the first day of delibrations the jurors sent a note to Judge Jon Blue asking, "What does it mean to unanimously find the existence of a statutory mitigating factor?"It means the court is out to lunch. As soon as the guilty verdicts are handed down, these two pieces of shit should be hauled out in front of the courthouse and hanged. And not the nice, quick-click way.
no sense makin em hafta come back again...
At the very least, they should make it random as to when they execute these bastards over the next 20 years. His victims had no idea they were going to die that day.
20-30 years of appeals!
Good. The bastard deserves it. Can’t believe the defense attorneys actually had the stones to get on camera afterward and decry the verdict saying it was unfair toward their client. Slimy scumbags. I realize that people have a constitutional right to a defense, but after a conviction in a case like this, the defense attorneys should just shut their traps and respect the family of the victims.
In reality though, I think the death penalty is too merciful for Hayes. I think it would be far more fitting to throw him into general population with a hand-written letter sent to every inmate on his cell block detailing how he is a murderous rapist and child molester, just in case they haven’t been following the news. I guarantee you Hayes would be wishing for the death penalty in a week’s time, and I’d prevent him from ever going into administrative segregation for protection. That’s what justice would be, in my opinion.
I’m sure they weren’t crying for Hayes. If you had to sit on a jury for 3 weeks and hear about these gruesome crimes in detail, I suspect you might be shedding a tear or two at the conclusion also.
My post two posts up explains why I think it’s the easy way out. If he’s on death row, that means he gets his own cell and 1 hour out a day. That prevents other inmates from getting access to him and exacting their own form of “prison justice” for his crimes of rape and murder. Is a little prick in the arm really justice? Wouldn’t it be more satisfying to let the inmates mete out their own form of justice instead? Sex offenders are the lowest item on the prison totem pole.
P.S. I have it on good authority that CT legislators are close to repealing the death penalty. Outgoing Republican Governor Jodi Rell vetoed the repeal, but Malloy is getting in January and we know Democrats will be bringing it up again. If CT repeals the death penalty next year, then is that retroactive to the Hayes case like it would be if a court had overturned the death sentence? I honestly don’t know. Any lawyers around?
These Animals that did this crime don’t deserve the swift mercy of Lethal Injection..or Gas Chamber.....
I hope some of the other prisoners take it into their own hands, the guards look the other way, and the bastard is tied to his bed and burned alive.
The verdict shouldn’t have taken more than two minutes of deliberations.
We should wash our hands of this filth. Will never happen but I would contract out with a Mexican drug gang. Send these two killers down to Mexico where they get fed drugs, get anally raped and beaten for a few days then get set on fire.
"I'm 77, and I haven't cried in a long, long time. But seeing this man, what he went through -- just close your eyes and imagine you're a dad and you come home and your wife and daughters are gone. How would you respond?" Gram told The Post from his home last night.
"It is just so horrific. It doesn't fit any caliber or ruler. There is no dimension you can put to it.
"This is the condition where the death penalty was meant to be applied.
Just reading that the father is now brain damaged from the assault. I did see a picture of the injuries to his head.
This morning when the 6am news came on WABC radio the verdict was mentioned and IMUS who usually gets two minutes before I turn off the radio said.
That’s why people have to have guns. He went on to say people most likely need more than one gun in the home and preferably a 12 gauge shot gun too.
I understand your feelings. The truth, however, is that there will never be any kind of true justice on earth - not for something as horrific as this. Only God will be able to do that and maybe this man may repent of his sins. Only God knows.
This Connecticut. They haven’t put anyone to death in over half a century. Hayes will die of old age. Too bad. I feel like those who are found guilty of murder should die the same way as their victims. Give me the job application.