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A man who was seriously beaten, tied up, and forced to listen to his wife and daughters being raped and then burned alive was aggrieved further this month when the death penalty for one of the killers was revoked because the state of Connecticut thinks the death penalty is just too mean.
In 2007, criminals Steve Hayes and his partner Joshua Komisarjevsky broke into the home of Dr. William Petit who was home with his wife, Jennifer, and his 11-year-old and 17-year-old daughters, Michaela and Hayley. Hayes and Komisarjevsky beat Mr. Petit nearly to death and left him tied up in the basement of the home. Then they raped the women and set the house aflame, burning alive the three female victims.
Mr. Petit got away from the burning home and both criminals were caught, convicted, and given the death penalty for their inhuman crime. But now those sentences have been reversed.
William Petit, Hayley, Mr. Jennifer Hawke-Petit, in front Michaela.
Connecticut banned the death penalty in 2012 but since then the state has also gone on to commute the death sentences of its remaining prisoners on death row. Petit says that the commutation is itself a crime.
“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,” Dr. Petit said on Wednesday according to the Daily Mail.
Murderers Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes.
“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,” Petit added.
The state legislature banned the death penalty in 2012 saying it was “cruel and unusual punishment,” but it took until this year to make a determination about what to do with those remaining prisoners on death row.
This month murderer Steve Hayes was given a new sentence: six consecutive sentences of life without possibility of parole, followed by a total of 106 years.
The bed where 11-year-old Michaela was raped and burned to death.
The bed 17-year-old Hayley was tied to. She escaped her bonds only to be overcome by smoke inhalation, dying in the hallway of the burning home.
Dr. Petit had refused to make any further statement in this new re-sentencing phase saying that he said all he had to say during the killer’s trial back in 2010.
Petit has remarried since the vicious murder of his family but he has said he’ll never get over the loss of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela.
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