, On January 6, 2008, over 130,000 luminaria candles were lit in front of thousands of homes across Cheshire in "Cheshire Lights of Hope", a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis and a tribute to the Petit family. She was a strong and courageous person, and Jennifer helped so many kids.
, William Petit, the sole survivor of the home invasion, was an endocrinologist in Plainville. Komisarjevsky calls the plan to set the house on fire "unconscionable" and says he closed the bedroom doors "to buy them time. After being paroled, Komisarjevsky stayed at the Silliman halfway house where he met Hayes. Komisarjevsky then entered the sun room and used the bat to strike Dr. Petit four or five times. ", to which Komisarjevsky replied: "I'm putting the kid to bed hold your horses". The mother and daughter appear eerily vulnerable in the photos, shopping for groceries for a family dinner while being stalked by Komisarjevsky, who followed them home to find out where they lived. ", When Bansley asked if Komisarjevsky showed any emotion, Vitello said with a tone expressing amazement, "Not once.".  Dr. Petit has not returned to his medical practice since the murders, stating his desire to be active in the foundations set up to honor the memory of his family. Subsequent to sentencing for the Petit murders, and up until August 16, 2016 (when he was transferred to a correctional facility in Pennsylvania as part of an interstate corrections compact), he was incarcerated in the Northern Correctional Institution, which housed the state's death row for men, in Somers, Connecticut. Hawke-Petit and her daughters were also restrained. See the full gallery. Following the completion of the trial, the jury deliberated for about five hours and reached guilty verdicts on October 5. Komisarjevsky has admitted to police that he first spotted them as potential robbery victims at the store that day, and later said the pair "looked nice.".  According to Hayes' confession, Komisarjevsky provoked him into raping Hawke-Petit. , The murder, and its aftermath, were featured on the news magazine show Dateline NBC, in a segment titled "The Family on Sorghum Mill Drive", and on December 9, 2010, William Petit appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a full-hour episode about the murders of his family and the work of the Petit Family Foundation.  Petit ultimately decided not to be a candidate. A dog trained to detect gas found spots believed to be accelerants on the floor of the girls' bedrooms, in the hallway and on a staircase, Connecticut State Police Sgt.  In the following election cycle, he successfully campaigned for the Connecticut General Assembly and now serves as a state representative. Shah testified that it could have taken from "a few to several minutes" to die after she started to breath in the searingly hot toxic air. They decided to steal $15,000. 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Joshua Komisarjevsky Trial Blog. Her body was found at the top of the staircase.  On November 8, 2010, Rell issued the following statement regarding the jury's recommendation of a sentence of death for Hayes: The crimes that were committed on that brutal July night were so far out of the range of normal understanding that now, more than three years later, we still find it difficult to accept that they happened in one of our communities. LOL. My life will be a continuation of the hurt I caused. Komisarjevsky's confession included details on his sexual assault of 11-year-old Michaela Petit, who perished when the house was set on fire. Throughout this morning's testimony Komisarjevsky listened intently, but sat almost casually in his chair, leaning and rocking back in his chair. On Wednesday, jurors heard the taped confession Joshua Komisarjevsky gave police after being arrested for his involvement in the grisly triple-murder. Komisarjevsky replied, "Yes." They were never supposed to lose their lives.  At the beginning of today's session, jurors were admonished by Judge Jon C. Blue because several of them had been chronically late. Earlier, a detective testified that during Komisarjevsky's three hour long detailed confession of what happened that night, he never once cried or expressed any remorse. , Dr. Petit condemned the Connecticut Supreme Court's decision to abolish the death penalty in August 2015, saying he believed the court had overstepped its powers and urging it to give greater consideration to the "emotional impact, particularly on victims and their loved ones" that death penalty cases generate.  Hayley managed to escape her restraints and run out of her bedroom and into the hallway where she collapsed and died.