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There's 'no escaping' Conn. home invasion memories

Relative testifying at Conn. home invasion sentencing says everyday items give her nightmares By The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ' A woman whose sister and nieces were killed in a brutal Connecticut home invasion told a man condemned to die that she suffers from nightmares and depression and lives in fear.

Cynthia Hawke-Renn said in a video played in court at Joshua Komisarjevsky's formal sentencing that everyday items like gas, rope, bed posts and gas conjure horrific memories. She says "there is no escaping the horrors."

Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) will be sentenced Friday after a jury last month recommended the death penalty.



Komisarjevsky is joining Steven Hayes on death row for the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters.

Hayes raped and strangled Hawke-Petit, while Komisarjevsky sexually assaulted her 11-year-old daughter. The girl and her 17-year-old sister were tied to their beds, doused in gas and died of smoke inhalation.


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