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Home invasion killer formally sentenced to death

A Connecticut man has been sentenced to death for killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror in their suburban home.

Joshua Komisarjevsky joins his accomplice, Steven Hayes, and nine other men on Connecticut's death row. The state's last execution in 2005 was the first since 1960. That means the 31-year-old Komisarjevsky will likely spend decades in prison.

A jury condemned Komisarjevsky to death Dec. 9. He was sentenced by a judge Friday in New Haven Superior Court. A jury had earlier recommended the death penalty.

The two paroled burglars tormented a family of four in the affluent New Haven suburb of Cheshire before killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and leaving her daughters to die in a fire.

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