Joshua Komisarjevsky has become the second person to be sentenced to death in connection with the 2007 Connecticut home invasion in which a woman and her two daughters were killed. He joins allegedly accomplice Steven Hayes on the state’s death row.
Jennifer Hawke-Petit was killed and her husband William Petit was left for dead in the incident, while the couple’s two daughters – 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela – were injured and left to die in a subsequent fire. William Petit was able to escape but was not able to save the rest of his family.
Connecticut has executed only one man in the past fifty years, and was close to abolishing the death penalty until a recent change in public sentiment driven in part by the home invasion case. Both Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes are expected to spend many years, if not decades, in jail before any eventual execution.