Joshua Komisarjevsky Gets Death Penalty in Petit Family Murders

Joshua Komisarjevsky
After five days of deliberation, a jury in Connecticut sentenced Joshua Komisarjevsky to death Friday.

Komisarjevsky was convicted in October of a litany of charges including murder, kidnapping, arson, burglary and assault in the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, Hayley Petit, 17, and Michaela Petit, 11 during a home invasion at their Cheshire, Conn., home on July 23, 2007.

Komisarjevsky, 31, will join his accomplice Steven Hayes – who was convicted of 16 charges, including murder, last year – on death row after a jury of seven women and five men decided that he should be executed.

Dr. William Petit Jr., a physician, survived the attack and managed to escape after being battered with a baseball bat and tied to a pole in the basement. As the verdict was read Friday, Petit – his sister Johanna Petit Chapman beside him – blinked his eyes and fought back tears, The Hartford Courant reports.

Komisarjevsky, only a few feet from Petit in the courtroom, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read, the newspaper reports.