I’m sure most people have very clear beliefs when it comes to a life sentence versus the death penalty, so I wanted to present the following scenario and see where you all stand on this issue.
Stephen Hayes has been in the news lately following a long overdue conviction last month. Hayes invaded a Connecticut home in 2007 and murdered a mother and her two children, after savagely beating Dr. William Petit (husband and father). Dr. Petit’s wife was sexually assaulted then strangled, while her two daughters were tied to their beds and left to die in a gasoline-fueled fire. They died of smoke inhalation. The Petits’ 11-year old daughter was sexually assaulted by Hayes’ accomplice.
Hayes has been sentenced to death – a sentence that he hoped for. I would want to die too if I had committed such heinous crimes against a mother and her two children. But death is too easy. Death means that Hayes will never be forced to sit in a cell and ponder his actions. It means he will never feel tormented by his own thoughts, or have nightmares as a result of his guilty feelings. Yes, I think he should suffer mentally and emotionally. I think he should feel tormented by his own guilt. However, seeing him smile at the news of his death sentence leads me to believe that no amount of time in prison will cause this man to feel remorse or guilt. So is death a better solution? I’d like to quote fellow blogger Jon’ette on this one:
“…I don’t think that Hayes will ever think about his actions and feel remorse. Some people are just shepherds for the devil and he is obviously one of them! If you can set a person, a child no less, on fire, then you have no feelings! That makes me feel like why waste people’s hard earned tax money on keeping that loser alive?”
I suppose in some ways, Hayes’ could get the ‘best’ of both worlds – it could take years before he dies, which means he’ll have time to think about what he’s done. For a more detailed look at this case, check out this link and then report back – I want to hear what you think.