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October 21, 2008
Petit to join Hamzy and Fitzgerald for press conference Thursday
Press release from the state House GOP:
Rep. Hamzy, 77th Assembly District Candidate Fitzgerald to Hold Three Strikes News Conference at City HallWill Sign Pledge to Support Three Strikes Law if Elected; Dr. William Petit, Johanna Petit-Chapman to Participate
State Representative William A. Hamzy and 77th Assembly District candidate Jill Fitzgerald will hold a news conference Thursday, October 23rd at Bristol City Hall, where they will sign a pledge to vote for a meaningful ‘three strikes’ law if they are elected to the state House of Representatives November 4th.
They will be joined by Dr. William A. Petit Jr., M.D., whose family was murdered during an invasion of their Cheshire home July 23, 2007 by two recently-paroled burglars; by Dr. Petit’s sister, Johanna Petit-Chapman; and by state Senator Sam S. F. Caliguri, R-16th District, chairman of the 3 Strikes Now Coalition.
Dr. Petit and Johanna Petit-Chapman are the organization’s honorary co-chairs. The coalition is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to having a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ law enacted in Connecticut. The proposed three strikes law would require judges to impose life sentences without the possibility of parole on criminals convicted of three violent felony offenses, such as murder, rape, home invasion, or kidnapping.
The three strikes initiative is intended to protect innocent, law-abiding citizens from repeat violent offenders whose criminal histories strongly indicate that they are so prone to violence and so unwilling or unable to change their behavior that they should be kept behind bars because of the threat they pose to society.
The coalition has sent all candidates for the state legislature a letter asking them to sign a pledge form promising to support enactment of a three strikes law if they are elected.
The news conference will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 23rd in the meeting room at Bristol City Hall. The meeting room is located adjacent to Council Chambers on the first floor.
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