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Noam Sayn
11-08-2010, 10:01 AM
Jury Recommends Death for Connecticut Man in Home Invasion Rape-Murders

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A Connecticut man will be sentenced to death for the grisly murder of a mother and her two daughters during a 2007 break-in at the family's upscale home.

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 Dec. 2.

Hayes' attorneys had tried to persuade jurors to spare him the death penalty by portraying him as a clumsy, drug-addicted thief who never committed violence until the 2007 home invasion with a fellow paroled burglar. They called the co-defendant,

Joshua Komisarjevsky, the mastermind and said he escalated the violence. They also said Hayes was remorseful and actually wanted a death sentence.

But prosecutors said both men were equally responsible and that the crime cried out for the death penalty, saying the family was tormented for seven hours before they were killed.

Hayes looked straight ahead and had no obvious reaction as the jury's sentence was announced. 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.

Authorities said Hayes and Komisarjevsky broke into the house, beat Dr. William Petit, and forced his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, to withdraw money from a bank while the rest of her family remained under hostage at home. Hayes then sexually assaulted and strangled her, authorities said. Komisarjevsky, who will be tried next year, is charged with sexually assaulting their 11-year-old daughter, Michaela.

Michaela and her 17-year-old sister, Hayley, were tied to their beds and doused in gasoline before the men set the house on fire, according to testimony. The girls died of smoke inhalation.

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.

To determine Hayes' punishment, the jury weighed so-called aggravating factors cited by prosecutors, including the heinous and cruel nature of the deaths, against mitigating factors argued by Hayes' attorneys.

The defense suggested prison would be more harsh than death for Hayes.

He 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.

Hayes' attorneys focused heavily on Komisarjevsky, even calling a witness who said his "completely dead eyes" made him look like the devil. They cited his writings in which he described how his "dark shadow was let loose" as he beat the doctor and the pleasure he got from terrorizing the man's wife and two daughters.

Komisarjevsky's writings, however, also blamed Hayes for escalating the violence by strangling Hawke-Petit.

Prosecutors said it was Hayes who initiated 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.

Hayes' attorneys tried to humanize him, portraying him as a proud father and a hard worker who was trying to pick up the pieces of his life as he got out of prison shortly before the crime.

Hayes "could be a likable person," his attorney, Patrick Culligan, told the jury. One of his employers said Hayes tried to intervene to protect her after she got into a verbal argument with another worker.

Hayes' defense called a psychiatrist who said Hayes was in an extreme emotional state triggered after Komisarjevsky falsely told him he had killed the girls while Hayes was with their mother at the bank. Prosecutors rejected that argument, saying Hayes own confession showed he knew the girls were still alive when he returned from the bank.

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.

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voiceofreason
11-04-2014, 11:11 AM
http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140911/cheshire-home-invasion-killer-steven-hayes-seeks-kosher-prison-diet-sues-connecticut-doc-officials

Cheshire home invasion killer Steven Hayes seeks kosher prison diet, sues Connecticut DOC officials

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Updated: on 09/11/2014

One of the men convicted in the 2007 Cheshire home invasion and triple homicide is suing state Department of Correction officials, claiming his rights are being violated because he isn’t being given a kosher diet in prison.

Steven Hayes, 51, who is on death row at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, filed the hand-written civil rights complaint in U.S. District Court against the Rev. Anthony Bruno, director of religious services; wardens Edward Maldonado and Angel Quiros, and members of the Religious Review Committee.

In his complaint, Hayes describes himself as an orthodox practicing Jew, and claims he has been denied a kosher diet, which he has been requesting since May 2013. The complaint seeks to ensure that all Jewish prisoners have access to kosher food.

“This continuous denial of a kosher diet is a clear violation of my First Amendment right to freely practice my religion of choice, Judaism,” Hayes wrote.

Hayes further alleges that denying him access to a kosher diet is a violation of his Eighth Amendment right, as it represents cruel and unusual punishment because he is forced to eat non-kosher food in order to survive.

Karen Martucci, acting director of external affairs with the state Department of Correction, said the lawsuit has been referred to the Attorney General’s office to handle, and she declined to comment further.

Jaclyn Falkowski, director of communications with the Office of the Attorney General, said Thursday, “We are reviewing the complaint and will respond at the appropriate time in court.”

Public Defender Thomas Ullmann, who represented Hayes at trial, said he is pleased Hayes “has some spiritual interest and is occupying his mind.”

“He has been consulting and speaking with a rabbi, and has been asking for more time with the rabbi,” Ullmann said.

Ullmann called Hayes’ desire for kosher food outlined in the lawsuit a “legitimate request.”

“I am happy he is finding some spiritual solace,” Ullmann said.

According to Ullmann, death row inmates have very little to occupy their time.

“This is what being on death row does — people are sitting in their cells, not doing anything, so filing federal lawsuits is the kind of thing that happens,” Ullmann said.

Hayes was convicted of felony murder and other counts for the July 23, 2007, home invasion, which resulted in the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her children, Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17. The lone survivor of the attack, Dr. William Petit Jr., was severely beaten, but was able to escape.

Hayes sexually assaulted and strangled Hawke-Petit. His accomplice, who is also on death row, Joshua Komisarjevsky, sexually assaulted Michaela. The house was set on fire, and the two girls, who were tied to their beds, died of smoke inhalation. The two men were captured as they attempted to flee.

In his complaint, Hayes alleges he has lost weight because his access to acceptable food is limited. Hayes objects to the same cooking pots and pans being used for non-kosher and kosher meals.

“I have been suffering almost starvation for the past year,” Hayes wrote.

Hayes is seeking a trial by judge on the issue, and he asks for an injunction so the Department of Correction will provide pre-packaged kosher meals to all Jewish prisoners in Connecticut’s prisons. Hayes also seeks $15,000 in punitive and compensatory damages for “intentional infliction of pain, suffering and resulting weight loss from the deliberate denial of a kosher diet.”

State’s Attorney Michael Dearington, who prosecuted the criminal case, declined to comment on Hayes’ litigation.

“We are not responsible for Department of Correction protocol,” he said.

Cheshire Police Chief Neil Dryfe also declined to comment.

Whitebear
11-04-2014, 11:55 AM
Posted with some reference links, thanks.

Cheshire home invasion killer Steven Hayes seeks kosher prison diet, sues Connecticut DOC officials (http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140911/cheshire-home-invasion-killer-steven-hayes-seeks-kosher-prison-diet-sues-connecticut-doc-officials)
http://www.newnation.org/Images/2014/StevenHayes.jpgOne of the men convicted in the 2007 Cheshire home invasion and triple homicide is suing state Department of Correction officials, claiming his rights are being violated because he isn’t being given a kosher diet in prison. Steven Hayes, 51, who is on death row at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, filed the hand-written civil rights complaint in U.S. District Court against the Rev. Anthony Bruno, director of religious services; wardens Edward Maldonado and Angel Quiros, and members of the Religious Review Committee. In his complaint, Hayes describes himself as an orthodox practicing Jew, and claims he has been denied a kosher diet, which he has been requesting since May 2013. The complaint seeks to ensure that all Jewish prisoners have access to kosher food.



Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheshire,_Connecticut,_home_invasion_murders)
http://www.newnation.org/Images/2014/StevenJHayes.jpghttp://www.newnation.org/Images/2014/JoshuaAKomisarjevsky.jpgThe Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders occurred on July 23, 2007, when a mother and her two daughters were murdered during a home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut. The Hartford Courant referred to the case as "possibly the most widely publicized crime in the state's history". In 2010, Steven Hayes was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death. His accomplice, Joshua Komisarjevsky, was found guilty on October 13, 2011, and sentenced to death on January 27, 2012.



Victims: Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Petit and Michaela Petit - William Petit (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1107&bih=545&oq=Jennifer+Hawke-Petit,+Hayley+Petit+and+Michaela+Petit+&gs_l=img.12...773.773.0.1960.1.1.0.0.0.0.174.174.0 j1.1.0.msedrc...0...1ac.1.58.img..1.0.0.FixArJ9zXB 8&q=Jennifer%20Hawke-Petit,%20Hayley%20Petit%20and%20Michaela%20Petit), the sole survivor of the home invasion
Dr. William Petit, lone survivor of horrific Conn. home invasion, remarries (http://www.***********.com/new-york/dr-william-petit-lone-survivor-horrific-conn-home-invasion-remarries-article-1.1130310) - August 6, 2012

voiceofreason
06-15-2016, 01:35 PM
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Convicted killer is 1st death-row inmate resentenced to life
Published June 15, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One of two men sentenced to death for the slayings of a mother and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion in Connecticut has been resentenced to life in prison.

Steven Hayes is the first of 11 death-row inmates to be resentenced since the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in August that their sentences violated the state constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

State lawmakers abolished Connecticut's death penalty in 2012, except for those already sentenced to death.

A judge on Wednesday imposed six consecutive life sentences on Hayes for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Haley and 11-year-old Michaela, in Cheshire. Hawke-Petit's husband and the girls' father, Dr. William Petit, was badly beaten but survived.