Rep. Sampson Calls for Death Penalty

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien
Hayes and Komisarjevsky | CT State Police Wolcott State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80th) has submitted a bill to reinstate Connecticut’s death penalty law during the 2013 legislative session.
“Its the proper penalty for the types of heinous crimes that unfortunately sometimes happen in our society,” Sampson tells the Whisper.
The penalty – which was previously abolished in 2012 for any prospective crimes – was abolished at the urging of Governor Malloy. The legislature wrote the current law so that only those gound guilty prior to the repeal would be subject to the penalty. Past convictions – at least in theory – can still be carried out.
Stephen Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevky were the last two convicted criminals to be added to death row. In 2007 they broke into the Petit family home in Cheshire in the middle of the night. Over the course of several hours, Dr. Petit was beaten and tied up in the basement while his wife and two children were raped and tortured. Joshua Komisarjevsky then forced Petit’s wife to drive to a local bank and withdraw a all of the family’s savings. Upon returning to the home Hayes and Komisarjevsky set fire to the home killing the three women. Dr. Petit was able to escape.
Sampson says that he belives the general public overwhelmingly supports bringing back the death penalty. “It should get a hearing just as it had for almost every legislative session in the past decade.” He belives that the ultimate penalty should continue to exist for the most gruesome crimes. “The Petit murder is the perfect application for the penalty, as would the killer in the Newtown shootings had he not killed himself at the scene.”
On December 14th, Adam Lanza took his own life when police arrived at the Sandy Hook Elementary School after murdering twenty children, six teachers and his own mother.
“Can someone tell me that that’s not the type of crime that wouldn’t warrant the death penalty?” asks Sampson.
During the last death penalty debate, death penalty proponents argued that current inmates on death row would never be subject to the penalty if the penalty was abolished. Opponents to the death penalty argued for the dual system and those on death row would still be executed.
“Since passage, we have seen the prisoners filing appeals of the sentence. We knew this would happen. Even the Petit murderers will probably get off. I just don’t get that,” said Sampson.
An April 2012 Quinnipiac University poll showed that respondents were evenly split on whether murderers should receive a sentence of life without parole or the death penalty.

Track Sampson’s proposal in the legislature HERE.
View HB 5166 HERE

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