A heartbroken family in Connecticut has been dealt a crushing new blow after learning that two murderers will have their death sentences commuted.
Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steve Hayes were both sentenced to death after brutally murdering Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters during a disturbing home invasion back in 2007.
On Tuesday, Cynthia Hawke Renn, Jennifer’s sister, said the heartless killers should have been given the lethal injection, the only punishment that could possibly “fit the crime.”
While Hayes, who helped commit the murders, had already been spared the death penalty, Komisarjevsky’s sentence wasn’t officially commuted until this week.
Since Connecticut Supreme Court changed the law to ban the death penalty, Komisarjevsky has now been handed six life sentences, totaling 140 years, without parole.
“There are a lot of people living their lives in prison that have not done anything close to what these two did,” Renn, 55, told The Daily Mail.
“I'm not quite sure I could come up with a punishment to fit this crime,” she added. “I don't think that death is good enough and I don't think that life is prison is enough either.”
Now that she’s certain Komisarjevsky and Hayes won’t be dying any time soon, Renn is terrified that the sadistic duo might escape from prison and hunt her down.
“I always said that I wanted our mother to get to a point where she did not remember what happened to Jennifer, and now she has Alzheimer's she cannot remember,” she said.
In 2007, Komisarjevsky and Hayes broke into the Petit family’s home and savagely beat Dr. William Petit with a baseball bat before tying him to a pole in the basement.
According to The Daily Mail, Hayes strangled and raped Jennifer while Komisarjevsky sexually assaulted the couple’s 11-year-old daughter Michaela.
The sick pair also tied the couple’s older daughter, 17-year-old Hayley, to a bed and set it on fire after dousing everything in petrol.
After his wife was strangled and his daughters succumbed to smoke inhalation, Dr. Petit was the only survivor.
Since the brutal attack that took his entire family, Dr. Petit, now 59, has become a staunch advocate for the death penalty for Komisarjevsky and Hayes.
Petit has also said in previous interviews that people who commit such unspeakable crimes “no longer have a right to exist in this society.”
In the wake of the unimaginable ordeal his family was put through, Dr. Petit took time off work after suffering from horrific nightmares and flashbacks.
“As many of you may suspect, I seriously considered suicide many times - no wife, no children, no home and no interest in life in general,” he said when Komisarjevsky and Hayes were originally sentenced in 2010.
Dr. Petit has since set up a foundation in honor of his family that aims to help those affected by such violent crimes.
Petit has since remarried, and the pair welcomed a son, Bill, who is now a toddler.