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Murder convict is 1st death row inmate resentenced to life

One of two men sentenced to death for the slayings of a mother and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion in a wealthy suburb was resentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

Steven Hayes is the first of 11 death row inmates to be resentenced since the state Supreme Court ruled in August that their sentences violated the state constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment and was out of step with contemporary standards of decency.

The court reaffirmed that ruling last month in considering a 2012 law passed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democrat-controlled legislature that abolished the death penalty for future cases. Malloy and the legislature...

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