The Latest: Home invasion survivor says resentencing 'sad'

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Posted: Jun 15, 2016 7:17 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the sentence for a man in the slayings of a mother and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion in Connecticut (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

A doctor whose wife and daughters were killed during a Connecticut home invasion says it's "very sad" a man sentenced to death for their slayings has been resentenced to life in prison.

Dr. William Petit was badly beaten but survived the 2007 home invasion in Cheshire. Two men were sentenced to death for the slayings of wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit and daughters Hayley Petit and Michaela Petit.

Convict Steven Hayes is the first of 11 death row inmates to be resentenced since the state Supreme Court ruled in August their sentences violate the state constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

State lawmakers abolished the death penalty in 2012, except for those already sentenced to death.

A judge on Wednesday imposed six consecutive life sentences on Hayes.

William Petit says the state legislature is ignoring the wishes of the people.

Hayes' attorneys had tried to persuade jurors to spare him the death penalty.

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4:50 p.m.

One of two men sentenced to death for the slayings of a mother and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion in Connecticut has been resentenced to life in prison.

Steven Hayes is the first of 11 death-row inmates to be resentenced since the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in August that their sentences violated the state constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

State lawmakers abolished Connecticut's death penalty in 2012, except for those already sentenced to death.

A judge on Wednesday imposed six consecutive life sentences on Hayes for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, in Cheshire. Hawke-Petit's husband and the girls' father, Dr. William Petit, was badly beaten but survived.

He didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment Wednesday.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the Petits' daughter is Hayley, not Haley.