Abolish the death penalty? State legislators say 'no'

Abolish the death penalty? State legislators say 'no'

State legislators ultimately said “no” to a bill that would have abolished the death penalty in Connecticut after a gruesome home invasion involving sex offenses and violent crimes. According to USA Today, Joshua Komisarjevsky (along with accomplice Steven Hayes) is now on death row after a jury decided in favor of the ultimate punishment.

Komisarjevsky and Hayes broke into the Petit family’s home – and then, according to the USA Today report, the burglars blamed each other for “escalating” the burglary, which morphed into raping the wife of Dr. William Petit, sexually assaulting his 11-year-old daughter, dousing everyone in gasoline and setting the house on fire.

The only one who escaped was Dr. Petit.

“It was shockingly brutal,” said the prosecutor. “It was evil. It was vicious.”

“[Komisarjevsky] is very accepting,” said the defense attorney. “He’s been realistic from the beginning and he understood that public sentiment is very much against him.”

People charged with crimes involving sex offenses and violence – in states that have the death penalty – will often face the possibility of the ultimate punishment. It depends on the circumstances of the case.

The death penalty is also a possibility in Maryland. The last person to be executed in Maryland was in 2005.

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