Skip to comments.Conn. man sentenced to death in home invasion
Posted on 12/02/2010 9:22:36 AM PST by raccoonradio
NEW HAVEN, Conn. A Connecticut man has been sentenced to death for the killings of a woman and her two daughters in a gruesome home invasion.
Steven Hayes apologized for the crimes just before New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue pronounced the sentence Thursday morning.
A jury that convicted Hayes in the killings condemned him to death last month.
Hayes sexually assaulted and strangled Hawke-Petit. Authorities say he and Joshua Komisarjevsky tied the girls to their beds, poured gasoline on or around them and set fire to their home in Cheshire.
Komisarjevsky goes on trial next year.
Isn’t that cruel and unusual? Death in home invasion is an odd way to go.
>>Connecticut, along with New Hampshire, are the only two New England states that maintain a death penalty. Since the 1976 United States Supreme Court decision in Gregg v. Georgia, Connecticut has executed one individual. Death row inmates are placed in the Connecticut Department of Correction system. The state’s death row for men currently houses ten male inmates, who are incarcerated at Northern Correctional Institution in the town of Somers. Women who receive the death penalty would go to the York Correctional Institution, the only state prison for women in Connecticut.
>>The method of execution currently utilized for capital punishment in Connecticut is lethal injection.
Isnt that cruel and unusual? Death in home invasion is an odd way to go.”
Agreed. Stick to injection. Firing squads for terrorists.
This is the case of the 2 men who got the mother to go to the bank to withdraw the ransom money; then later she and her daughters were killed and house set on fire (husband escaped). The two killers were caught when they fled...
>>After holding the family captive for hours, the intruders forced Mrs Hawke-Petit to draw $15,000 from her bank account and then strangled her to death before leaving her children tied to their beds to die in their burning house.
Dr William Petit, the sole survivor, hung his head as Detective Anthony Buglione told a jury in New Haven, Connecticut, that Hayes claimed his plan was to break into a home, tie up the residents, steal their money and flee.
But then Hayes, 47, told him: Things got out of control.
In the first detailed account of the horrific home invasion, the detective said the emotionless Hayes claimed he carried out the raid because his life sucked no money, not enough to eat...
His mother told him he couldnt use the car and gave him until the end of the week to move out.
This is the sickest crime I’ve heard of in a long time. It’s hard to believe any human is capable of this kind of savagery.
They should face death the same way as their victims.
Chain him to his bed and set him on fire....like he did his poor victims...heartless bastard!
One to go...
How long will it take for the appeals?
Surprising a lib state like CT has a death penelty.
from same article:
>>But he said that when he got back, Komisarjevsky inferred he had sex with the younger girl and told Hayes to have sex with the mother to make them even.
Hayes told police he had sex with Mrs Hawke-Petit before Komisarjevsky came into the room and told him Dr. Petit had escaped and the police were coming.
Hayes said he smelled gasoline and the men grabbed some jewelry and the money and were arrested as they fled.
Detective Buglione said Hayes made no mention that the house had been torched, killing all three female victims.
Sgt. Karen Gabianelli testified earlier that some of the victims’ belongings were found with the suspects.
He tied the girls to their beds, poured gas on them and burned them to death.
And yet they will still swab his arm with alcohol when they gently put the needle in. I say they should rent an industrial tree chipper and put him in feet first for what he did.
NH is the other New Eng state with one though in a couple recent cases it didn’t apply; two Vermont teens killed a couple Dartmouth Coll. professors but I think were too young for DP (one got life, the other 25 years—he will be out when he’s 42 unless there’s some kind of good behavior deal) and in the tiny town of Mont Vernon NH, four teens murdered a mother and disfigured her daughter—who is still a live only because she pretended to be dead.
They will not get DP either, IIRC.
But yes CT and NH (which is turning red again,
thankfully) have DP. (In MA voters passed it but legislature overturned it!)
When a person is served too much alcohol (a legal drug) and gets into a car crash because of their impaired judgement, the bartender/server is prosecuted.
These two men were drug addicts, if I recall. When will we start to prosecute their dealer for his part in this?
can’t they just put him in the prison general population and let the other prisoners take care of him dahmer style?
And then if he doesn’t have adequate IV access, they’ll postpone the execution - I think that has actually happened. Whereas they should say, “Darn it, dude, we can’t get an IV. In that event, the law reads we have to turn you over to the victims’ family...”
(Or the general prison population would also be fine.)
Probably not in our lifetime. This appeals process, especially when we KNOW without a doubt of the guilt of a person, needs to be revisited. I hope someone castrates this monster in prison!
The Connecticut legislature voted to abolish the death penalty in 2009 Jodi Rell, the states governor (Republican) vetoed it.