Condemned home invasion killer is resentenced to life term

FILE - This March 14, 2011 file photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Joshua Komisarjevsky. Komisarjevsky, one of two men sent to Connecticut's death row for the slayings of a mother and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion, is set to be resentenced Tuesday, July 26, 2016, to life in prison without the possibility of release because the state abolished the death penalty. (AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction, File)

NEW HAVEN, CT (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 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 last month to life in prison.

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