NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/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 on Tuesday to six consecutive life terms.
He is 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 the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, after breaking into their home in Cheshire.
The two men tied up and tortured the victims before dousing their home with gasoline and setting it one fire. Only Dr. William Petit survived.
Hayes was resentenced to life in prison last month.
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