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Connecticut Home-Invasion Killer Formally Sentenced to Death

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#1 Jan 27, 2012
Connecticut Home-Invasion Killer Formally Sentenced to Death
Updated: Friday, 27 Jan 2012, 12:38 PM EST
Published : Friday, 27 Jan 2012, 12:38 PM EST

(NewsCore)- A judge on Friday formally sentenced Joshua Komisarjevsky to death for his role in the 2007 Connecticut home invasion murders of a mother and her two daughters.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue issued the capital sentence after a jury in December recommended that Komisarjevsky be put to death.

The execution date was set for July 20, 2012.

Komisarjevsky, 31, was found guilty last October of murder, sexual assault, burglary and arson for the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

William Petit Jr., Hawke-Petit's husband and the girls' father, was badly beaten during the attack inside their Cheshire, Conn., home.

Komisarjevsky's co-conspirator Steven Hayes was sentenced to death in 2010 for his role in the slayings.

Komisarjevsky spoke at the sentencing hearing and said he "did not rape," he did not strangle Hawke-Petit, and he did not set the house on fire after the home invasion.

"The ripple effect of my actions has had an effect on people I never intended to hurt," he said while wearing an orange jump suit. "It's a surreal experience to be condemned to death."

Defense attorneys had asked the jury to spare Komisarjevsky the death sentence, presenting mitigating evidence during the sentencing phase that he was the victim of childhood sexual assault and trauma.

Petit spoke earlier at the hearing and described July 23, 2007 -- the day his wife and two daughters died at the hands of Hayes and Komisarjevsky -- as his "personal Holocaust."

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