November 4th, 2010
10:43 PM ET

Defense seeks life sentence for Connecticut home invasion

The man who killed two sisters and their mother during a 2007 home invasion in Connecticut would suffer more if sentenced to life in prison than if put to death, his lawyer told jurors Thursday.

"Life in prison without the possibility of release is the harshest penalty," said Steven Hayes' attorney, Tom Ullmann. "It is a fate worse than death."

Ullmann then had his 47-year-old client stand directly in front of the jury, put his hand on Hayes' shoulder and said to the five men and seven women, "He isn't a rabid dog that needs to be put to death. He has lost 80 pounds. He will never have a private bath. He goes to the bathroom in public. He will never eat a dinner that he makes but one that they provide. He has a rec cage for an hour a day. Like an animal at the zoo."

As he stood, Hayes - who did not testify during the trial - looked down at the floor.


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  1. Kw

    Let him have twenty or so years to think about what a monster he is, then if he is still alive, kill him.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • L phillips

      Better yet, execute one first, then lock em up for 20 years with his buddy...

      November 5, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michelle

    He already knows he's a monster. Problem is, he gets off on it (as he has already admitted)because he's a sicko.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L phillips

    The punishment must fit the crime. If Conn doesn't put these 2 to death, then the State has also participated in the crime against this family.

    November 5, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle

    Unfortunately he'd probably like that. Why is this one getting so much attention? What's happening/happened with the other guy?

    November 5, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. merle

    He will lucky to last a year. Child killers face a different judge and jury in prison.

    November 5, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. merle

    And cry me a river. No privacy no home cooked meals... just request your last meal then get ready for a one way trip to hell. If Conn. doesnt hav the nads I am sure we an find room here in Texas. Yall come down and enjoy our southern hospitality. For my Cali friends..... he can check in but never leave.

    November 5, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gilbert

    So this killer has lost 80 lbs, he will be in a cage, etc. Let me bring out the violin.

    November 5, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kathy

    Anybody who kills should get the death penalty except
    the ones who killed in self defense. Why are killers given life sentences? The killers didn't even show any mercy to the victims! I tell you another person who should have gotten the death penalty. Charles Manson and his followers. Sickos and perverts. Why is he in prison for life?? People are going to take the law into their own hands if courts don't crack down on killers and sentence them to a death penalty.

    November 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kathy

    People who kill should be sentenced to death. Rapists should be castrated. If the court system is strict, there would not be so many people in prison living off of taxpayers' money getting a place to sleep and food to eat. Even medical attention. We have people in this country who are starving and can't get help from the government and many can't afford health care. Should we break the law so we can eat and sleep and get medical care? People seem to think that's good. With just one downside and that is the restriction of freedom, many criminals are benefiting from the government. What's wrong with this picture?

    November 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. what

    Im from ct,i dont support the death penalty,they get off to easy,throw this sucker in prison and let the inmates take of him.the other is facing the same fate,he was sicker

    November 5, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |