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Relatives of Gruesomely Murdered Connecticut Family Want State's Death Penalty Reinstated

August 17, 2015  | 

Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes (Photo: Connecticut DOC)
Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes (Photo: Connecticut DOC)

Connecticut lawmakers abolished the death penalty in 2012, but the ruling did not spare the lives of the 11 men the state had already sentenced to die. Some lawmakers refused to sign on to the new law unless they could ensure that Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky—the two men who were convicted of raping, assaulting, and burning to death a woman and her two daughters in the family’s suburban home—would still be killed by the state.

Now, the families of the Cheshire, Conn., murder victims are upset with a recent state supreme court ruling sparing Hayes’ and Komisarjevsky’s lives.

“I really think when you do such a horrific crime like raping women and their children and dousing them with gasoline while they are still alive… I’m sorry, but I really think that deserves more than life in prison,” said Cindy Hawke-Renn.

Cindy is the sister of Jennifer Hawke-Petit who was murdered, along with her 11-year old daughter Michaela and 17-year-old daughter Haley, as their husband was forced to watch.

“For what I thought was one of the worst crimes I’ve ever known, I wanted it to have the worst punishment that exists,” she told The Daily Beast.

Comments (4)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 8/18/2015 8:02 PM

A lot of people are in favor of abolishing the death penalty until it hits home to them and then it is a different story altogether. If you are in favor of getting rid of capital punishment, just remember what if this happens to me?

kevCopAz @ 8/19/2015 8:10 AM

I agree, this sounds to be one of the worst crimes that I have heard of containing multiple murder, rape, rape of kids and just evil. They should die!. Good needs to triumph over evil and those that do these things have zero chance or being of any use to society ever again (if they ever were) and will only be a burden and possible future danger to our Brothers and Sisters in Corrections. The Bible says "Thou shall not murder", Righteous killings such as a just war or execution are excluded, some have perverted the "murder" into "killing" for their own reasons or just out of ignorance, go back to original Hebrew, you will see that I am correct.

BT @ 8/19/2015 12:50 PM

They raped, tortured and watched 3 women take their last breath. Their last breath should be
after an injection. They don't deserve visitation from family members, but they will get it.. The
husband will never see his family again, why should they? Tax dollars should not have to feed
and clothe them in prison for the rest of their lives. But it will. These two don't deserve to live.
Needle time!

John Yanochik @ 8/26/2015 10:24 AM

The needle is too good for these animals. They should die as they murdered.

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