Home Invasion Killer Resentenced to Life in Prison

Joshua Komisarjevsky mug shot
Connecticut Department of Correction

A Connecticut man condemned to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during the 2007 Cheshire 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 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 to life in prison last month.

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