Joshua Komisarjevsky

December 10, 2011 by staff 

Joshua Komisarjevsky, Jurors decided Friday on the death penalty for Cheshire home invasion killer Joshua Komisarjevsky, rejecting weeks of defense evidence that portrayed him as a man damaged by childhood sexual abuse and a strict religious upbringing while struggling with longtime mental health issues.

A family bound for hours as two masked men ransacked their home. A mother raped and strangled. Two daughters, tied to their beds, one sexually assaulted, the other able to break free, but unable to escape her burning home. A father, viciously beaten with a baseball bat and left in the basement.

After deliberating for nearly 20 hours over five days, a jury of seven women and five men decided that Komisarjevsky, 31, a serial burglar from Cheshire, should be executed for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, during a home invasion and arson at their Cheshire home on July 23, 2007.

Komisarjevsky admitted spotting Hawke-Petit and Michaela at a local supermarket hours before the crime and following them home.

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