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Convicted killer Steven Hayes re-sentenced to 6 consecutive life terms

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

One of the men convicted in the deadly Cheshire home invasion was re-sentenced to multiple life sentences on Wednesday afternoon. 

Steven Hayes was originally given a death sentence for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, in 2007. 

On Wednesday, Hayes was re-sentenced to six consecutive life in prison terms without the chance for parole.

In May, the state Supreme Court stated the death penalty does not apply anymore

The ruling came after state abolished the death penalty for new cases in 2012. The Court said the death penalty no longer met society's evolving standards of decency.

At the time, however, it didn't apply to the 11 inmates on death row.

The State Supreme Court then ruled in Aug. 2015 to overturn the sentences for those 11 inmates. 

However, prosecutors argued over the winter that the ruling shouldn't have been made before the death penalty was actually repealed.

The argument to get the death penalty overturned for death row inmates began with convicted killer Eduardo Santiago.

Santiago had his sentence overturned after a 4-3 vote from the State Supreme Court. His attorney argued that the repeal should apply to his client as well.

The arguments divided the Supreme Court. Some made it clear that they refused to vote for the repeal if it applied to convicted Cheshire home invasion killers Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes.

However, Santiago was ordered to life in prison without release for a 2000 murder-for-hire in West Hartford.

As a result, Russell Peeler, who was convicted of murdering an 8-year-old boy and his mother in Bridgeport in 1999, had also been trying to get his 2007 sentence overturned. 

Originally, Hayes was sentenced to death on six capital charges and received 106 years in prison on non-capitol charges. 

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