Steven Hayes Gets Death Penalty in Deadly Conn. Home Invasion

(NECN: New Haven, Conn.) - Steven Hayes will be sentenced to death for a deadly Connecticut home invasion.

A jury decided this morning that Hayes should receive the death penalty - Hayes was found guilty of six capital felonies in the home invasion murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters at the family's home in Cheshire in 2007. Those counts included the murder of two or more persons, for murder of a child younger than 16, and individual counts for murder of the three "kidnapped persons", who were held captive before being killed.

Jurors deliberated over four days in New Haven Superior Court.

The judge will impose the sentence.

Hayes' alleged co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, is awaiting trial. Hayes' attorneys had argued that Komisarjevsky was the mastermind of the murders.

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