Steven Hayes, one of the two men responsible for the grisly deaths of Connecticut mother Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two young daughters (Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17) was sentenced to the death penalty Monday…Unfortunately that was exactly what he wanted.
In case you’ve forgotten, Hayes and his co-defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky are the monsters who, in 2007, followed Hawke-Petit and her daughter home from the grocery store and held their entire family captive. Hayes later took Hawke-Petit to the bank and forced her to withdraw $15,000. He raped her, while Komisarjevsky raped 11-year-old Michaela. Dr. William Petit managed to escape to a neighbors house where he called for help, but was unable to save his wife from being strangled by Hayes.
Hayes also tied the two girls to their beds and doused them and the area with gasoline before setting the house on fire. SMH.
Jurors in New Haven Superior Court voted unanimously to send Steven Hayes to death row after deliberating over the span of four days. The judge will impose the sentence on Dec. 2.
Lawyers for Hayes said that their client was “happy with the verdict” and had “got what he wanted.”
“The fact of the matter is that a life sentence without the possibility of release is the most brutal punishment,” said Thomas Ullmann. “For [Hayes], this is an easy way out.”
Hayes did not testify during the trial or penalty phase, but told a psychiatrist he wanted to “look like a monster” by taking the stand and expressing no remorse so that the jury would sentence him to die. Hayes also said he had repeatedly tried to kill himself after the crime because he felt guilty and remorseful and feared isolation in prison the rest of his life.
While Hayes defense tried to argue that he had some redeeming qualities and had shown no violent tendencies before the 2007 incident, prosecutors accused Hayes of initiating the crime, citing his confession to police in which he said he called Komisarjevsky shortly before the crime because he was financially desperate. They also noted that Hayes took Hawke-Petit to the bank to withdraw money, raped and strangled her, bought the gasoline and poured it in the house.
During the trial, jurors heard eight days of gruesome testimony, saw photos of the victims, charred beds, rope, ripped clothing and ransacked rooms.
Hayes was convicted of six capital felony charges, three murder counts and two charges of sexually assaulting Hawke-Petit. The capital offenses were for killing two or more people, the killing of a person under 16, murder in the course of a sexual assault and three counts of intentionally causing a death during a kidnapping. He was sentenced to death for all six.
He will join nine other men on Connecticut’s death row. The state has only executed one man since 1960, so Hayes will likely spend years, if not decades, in prison.
Komisarjevsky will be tried next year.
The crime was so unsettling that it became a key issue in the death penalty debate in the governor’s race and led to tougher Connecticut laws for repeat offenders and home invasions. Gov. M. Jodi Rell cited the case when she vetoed a bill that would have abolished the death penalty.
This monster deserves to be slow tortured on death row by his fellow inmates right up until execution sends him to a hell filled with little demons who anal probe him with fiery hot pokers for all eternity. Sick fawk!
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