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Steven Hayes, Death Row Inmate, Found Unresponsive in Connecticut Cell
New York Daily News ^ | 3/11/2014 | Sasha Goldstein

Posted on 03/12/2014 12:11:08 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Convicted of killing three during a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire, Steve Hayes, 50, was revived by staff and taken to the hospital Monday after he was found unresponsive. The convicted killer has spoken in the past of wanting to die because of his immense guilt over the crime.

Convicted Cheshire killer Steven Hayes was found unresponsive in his death row cell on Monday, Connecticut authorities said. Awaiting his date with a state execution, Hayes, 50, was found in his cell at the Northern Correctional Institute around 9:35 a.m. by officers on their “routine tour,” who revived the killer.

A spokesman would not reveal whether Hayes attempted suicide or suffered a medical emergency, saying instead that the incident is under investigation.

Hayes was the only inmate in his cell at the time, and is now reportedly in stable condition at a local hospital, the Connecticut Department of Corrections said.

Hayes and his accomplice, Joshua Komisarjevsky, 33, followed Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, to their Cheshire home on July 23, 2007, as a planned robbery.

The scheme ended with both men raping Michaela and Hawke-Petit, whom Hayes strangled. The men covered the home in gasoline and left the girls tied up before lighting the residence on fire.

Both girls died of smoke inhalation.

The lone survivor was husband and father Dr. William Petit Jr., who escaped his basement prison before the fire was lit.

Both Komisarjevsky and Hayes were convicted and sentenced to death.

The death penalty was repealed in Connecticut in 2012, but those convicted of the death penalty prior will still be executed.

Hayes has apologized for his role in the disturbing crime and told the New Haven Register that he now spends his days pacing his cell with “guilt, shame and remorse.”

“It’s in my head all day and all night,” he told the newspaper last September. “I’ll never forgive myself for that.”

“I don't deserve to live," he added. "I don't want to live." William Petit has since remarried and recently welcomed a baby with his new wife.6982#ixzz2vjJr8KTE


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: deathrow; inmates

1 posted on 03/12/2014 12:11:08 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“those convicted of the death penalty prior will still be executed.”

Stupid writer.


2 posted on 03/12/2014 12:20:05 AM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: nickcarraway
Hayes has apologized for his role in the disturbing crime and told the New Haven Register that he now spends his days pacing his cell with “guilt, shame and remorse.”

“It’s in my head all day and all night,” he told the newspaper last September. “I’ll never forgive myself for that.”

“I don't deserve to live," he added. "I don't want to live."

Guess he got his wish!

3 posted on 03/12/2014 12:29:43 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: beelzepug
Stupid writer.

The chump is functionally illiterate. When I worked on California's death row, and we saw an unresponsive inmate, we did not just immediately open the cell, until back up arrives. Inmates had been known to fake it, so they could assault staff.

4 posted on 03/12/2014 12:36:33 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: nickcarraway

This was a particularly horrific crime and surely deserves the death penalty. At least he appears to be suffering. If he is truly remorseful only God will know.


5 posted on 03/12/2014 12:40:22 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Mark17

I’m sure you are still alive because you were wise enough to know how devious criminals, especially ones with nothing to lose, can be. What my remark was about, though, was the writer’s reference to “people convicted of the death penalty”. Why would anybody be convicted OF the death penalty?


6 posted on 03/12/2014 12:45:55 AM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: beelzepug
Yep, that is why I said he was functionally illiterate. What a nerd the writer is.

Later dude.

7 posted on 03/12/2014 12:53:02 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

...reportedly in stable condition at a local hospital...


8 posted on 03/12/2014 12:53:06 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: nickcarraway

Then go on a hunger strike or you can do a “Funny or Die” episode with Barack Obama.

Stoopitist thing ever and lame as hell.


9 posted on 03/12/2014 1:23:42 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

I know that God still loves such a one.

I, however, cannot forgive such things.....I guess that is because I am so small compared with God.


10 posted on 03/12/2014 1:59:37 AM PDT by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: Bobalu

I probably could forgive, but I’d still pursue the dead penalty for the perpetrator.


11 posted on 03/12/2014 2:35:50 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: beelzepug

I thought this was perfectly correct grammar in American, I know how you guys like to say things like ‘I could care less’ which to my British ears sounds like the opposite of what they intended to say.


12 posted on 03/12/2014 2:36:12 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: beelzepug

On the subject of the article itself, I’m in two minds about it. If he shuffles off now, it will save 20+ years of wasting time costing taxpayer’s money, and precludes the possibility of liberal legislators deciding to backdate the abolition of the death penalty in the meantime.

On the other hand, the whole point of sentencing someone for a crime is that they don’t get to decide their fate.


13 posted on 03/12/2014 2:38:56 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
I thought this was perfectly correct grammar in American, I know how you guys like to say things like ‘I could care less’ which to my British ears sounds like the opposite of what they intended to say.

To me, the phrases "I could care less" and "I could not care less" have equivalent meaning, like the words "flammable" and "inflammable" that look like they should be opposites. The first phrase is a little less awkward to say, IMO.

The phrase in the above article, "...those convicted of the death penalty prior will still be executed" is just plain bad English, no matter what nationality your ears have.

14 posted on 03/12/2014 2:56:37 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: nickcarraway

So the girls died a horrible death and this guy gets the kid glove treatment.

Bah!


15 posted on 03/12/2014 3:01:46 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Mark17

One would think that death row inmate would have a automatic DNR on the door of his cell.

Saving him to kill him makes no sense


16 posted on 03/12/2014 4:03:34 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: nickcarraway

I doubt that anyone will be executed in CT. Snake-lawyers will claim that the death penalty is cruel and unusual, and save him from it.

In a liberal state “life without parole” doesn’t mean that. It means that after a few years, when everyone has forgotten about the crime, he will be set free for “humanitarian” reasons.

Carry out the death sentence within 24 hours.


17 posted on 03/12/2014 4:51:55 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: nickcarraway

Connecticut has unlimited appeals on death sentences. That’s why we’ve only put one guy to death since 1960. That was serial killer Michael Ross who voluntarily gave up his appeals and requested his sentence be carried out. Otherwise, a death sentence in CT means dying of old age!!


18 posted on 03/12/2014 5:02:40 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: I want the USA back

Um, no.

If Steven Hayes were set free, or releaeased into the general prison population, he’d be dead in 24 hours. This was a horrible crime and no one has forgotten it.

The only humanitarian action is keeping him in an isoltated cell on death row where Connecticut’s death penalty laws maximize costs and minimize punishment.


19 posted on 03/12/2014 6:39:00 AM PDT by kidd
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To: riverrunner
One would think that death row inmate would have a automatic DNR on the door of his cell.

That would be ideal, if they did, but unfortunately, that is not the way it works.

20 posted on 03/12/2014 6:58:41 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: beelzepug
“those convicted of the death penalty prior will still be executed.”

Stupid writer.

As a retired editor, please permit me to rewrite: Those previously sentenced to the death penalty will still be executed.

21 posted on 03/12/2014 7:42:30 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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