Condemned home invasion killer is resentenced to life term

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Posted: Jul 26, 2016 11:12 AM
Condemned home invasion killer is resentenced to life term

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man condemned to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion has been resentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole because the state abolished the death penalty.

A state judge in New Haven resentenced Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) on Tuesday to six consecutive life terms.

He became the third death row inmate to have his sentence changed to life in prison since the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled last year that the death penalty violated the state constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Eight other condemned inmates await resentencing.

Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were sentenced to death for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela Petit, in Cheshire.

Hayes was resentenced last month to life in prison.