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JOSHUA KOMISARJEVSKY
POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM

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Joshua-Komisarjevsky.png Joshua Komisarjevsky was formally sentenced to death Friday for the home invasion attack that left Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Micahela, dead in their Cheshire, Conn., home in the summer of 2007. "May God have mercy on your soul ... Share |

JOSHUA KOMISARJEVSKY
POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Joshua Komisarjevsky was formally sentenced to death Friday for the home invasion attack that left Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Micahela, dead in their Cheshire, Conn., home in the summer of 2007. "May God have mercy on your soul," Superior Court Judge Jon C. Blue told Komisarjevsky as he set an execution date for July 20. An appeal is automatic and mandatory. "This is a terrible sentence, but it is a sentence you indeed wrote for yourself," Blue said. Moments before the sentence was pronounced, and with Dr. William Petit Jr. - the lone survivor out of the courtroom, Komisarjevsky told the court that he had to learn how to forgive his worst enemy: himself. Komisarjevsky, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, spoke mostly about himself in his statement but again insisted - as he did at trial - that he never intended to kill. "They were never supposed to lose their lives," Komisarjevsky said. He said he "did not rape." He said he did not strangle Hawke-Petit or set the house on fire. "The ripple effect of my actions has had an effect on people I never intended to hurt," he said. "It's a surreal experience to be condemned to death." He talked about the shame, hurt and disappointment he caused and he spoke of family members that do not want him to die. Shortly after the sentencing, Chris Komisarjevsky, Joshua's uncle, who had attended memorial services for the Petits, said he had a difficult time hearing his nephew's statement but heard enough to know it was not an apology. "There was no expression of sorry," he said. "What I heard were excuses from his youth. I believe everyone is responsible for their own actions, and the jury here has made him responsible for his."