You will be disgusted by what this Connecticut judge did to the sentencing of the murderer who raped and killed this man’s family. What would you do if this happened to your family? Would you seek out your own justice?
The Connecticut man who lost his wife and daughters in a brutal home invasion in 2007 said Wednesday it was ‘sad’ one of the killers had his death sentence revoked to comply with new state laws.
Dr. William Petit was tied up in the basement of his New Haven home during the July 23, 2007 attack and almost beaten to death. He could only listen as his wife was raped and murdered by Steven Hayes. Petit managed to flee to a neighbor’s home as his daughters perished in the fire Hayes lit.
‘It is a very sad day when a prolonged trial and decision and sentencing by a jury that took 4.5 months to seat is overturned by a legislature that ignores the wishes of the people of CT,’ he said in a text message via Twitter on Wednesday.
He added: ‘The insult is compounded by a Supreme Court that rules on not one but 2 cases based on personal opinions and politics and not the law.’
Hayes was sentenced to death in 2010 after being convicted of murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault and 13 other counts.
Co-defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky was also sentenced to death in 2011.
But in 2012 the Connecticut House of Representatives voted to repeal capital punishment, stopping it from being handed out in future cases.
Originally, the 11 people on death row – including Hayes and Komisarjevsky – were still to face execution.
But in August last year that was deemed to be ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ and their death sentences were commuted.
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