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Joshua Komisarjevsky Formally Sentenced For His Part In Petit Family Murders


It was a dark, dreary, rainy day as the Petit family arrived in court to deliver victim impact statements at the sentencing of Joshua Komisarjevsky.  It was for them, the final chapter in this sad, horrifying odyssey that has lasted five years.

Cynthia Hawke-Renn, Jennifer’s sister, said in the video played in New Haven Superior Court at Joshua Komisarjevsky’s sentencing that everyday items like gas, rope, bed posts and gas conjure horrific memories. She said, “There is no escaping the horrors of that night.”

Richard Hawke, Jennifer’s, dad said the killings of his daughter and granddaughters had left him “half-past dead.”

“They offered to give you everything you asked for, you didn’t have to take their lives,” he told Komisarjevsky. “You will from now on be known as a prison number in the book of death. You are now in God’s hands.”

The sole survivor of the attack, Dr. William Petit, called the loss of his wife and two daughters a “personal holocaust.”

Dr. Petit, added, “I lost my family and my home. My wife, my friend, my partner. I miss our late night chats and our partnership in raising the girls.”

Before Joshua Komisarjevsky spoke, the Petit family left the courtroom.

In his statement, Komisarjevsky continued to deny the serious crimes for which he was convicted and continued to place the blame on his accomplice, Steven Hayes.

He said, “I did not rape. I did not pour that gas or light that fire.”

It’s a “surreal experience to be condemned to die,” he said. “Our apathetic pursuits trampled the innocent.”

“I will never find peace again and my soul is torn,” Komisarjevsky added.

“The task of sentencing another human being to death is the most sober and somber experience a judge can have,” said Superior Court Judge Jon Blue.

“May God have mercy on your soul.  This is a terrible sentence, but it is a sentence you indeed wrote for yourself.”

Komisarjevsky and Hayes will not receive a lethal injection for some time.  They will likely languish on death row for up to twenty years while their death sentences wind thier way through the appeal process.

For the time being, hopefully the Petit and Hawke families can feel some sense of peace and try to begin to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.




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  1. Heather
    01/28/2012 at 7:44 am

    In reading this, I would think that I feel some sort of positive emotion for the justice delivered. Especially in an unjust world. But I don’t feel anything positive – only more sadness. And I pray that all the loved ones involved find comfort and peace.

  2. donchais
    01/28/2012 at 7:47 am

    ITA, Heather!

  3. ritanita
    01/28/2012 at 8:08 am

    The condemned man surely showed the evil in him when he said that, “Our apathetic pursuits trampled the innocent.”

    APATHETIC? That means esentially listless – indifferent – unconcerned (from Google)

    He sure has himself pegged.

    May he simply rot…

  4. donchais
    01/28/2012 at 8:13 am

    Both Hayes and Komisarjevsky WERE indifferent and unconcerned about the torture and deaths of the Petits’.

  5. ritanita
    01/28/2012 at 8:15 am

    When I’m bored, I surf the net, watch TV, or read a book. I don’t go out and innocent families!

  6. Arlene
    01/28/2012 at 9:21 pm

    Soft on crime, CT State Senator Andrew Roraback was the only Republican senator to vote against the death penalty. I’m glad Dr. Petit got his peace. Thanks to liberal Senator Edith Prague who had the courage Senator Roraback did not to give Dr. Petit the votes he needed to keep the death penalty in place for this animal!

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