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Condemned home invasion killer is resentenced to life term

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Joshua Komisarjevsky was re-sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole (WFSB). Joshua Komisarjevsky was re-sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole (WFSB).
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB/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.

"From a point of view from a citizen of Connecticut, I wish would go back and not spend all the money we spent on this trial. As you recall, we were willing to plead and take a life sentence," said Jeremiah Donovan, defense attorney.

Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were sentenced to death for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela Petit, in Cheshire.

The two men had followed the family home from a supermarket, and returned overnight to break into the house.

In the morning, they forced Hawke-Petit to go to a bank and take out money, later sexually abusing her and her youngest daughter, before setting the house on fire and fleeing.

Dr. William Petit, who was tied up and badly beaten, managed to escape.

Hayes was resentenced last month to life in prison.

At the time, Petit called it a sad day, saying the legislature and Supreme Court ignored the wishes of the people in Connecticut.

Komisarjesky, who is still appealing his conviction, is the third Connecticut inmate to be re-sentenced.

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