Conn. home invasion convict tried suicide, lawyer says

A lawyer for one of two convicts sentenced to death in a Connecticut home invasion says the prisoner sent suicidal letters before he was found unresponsive in his cell Monday. Tom Ullmann, lawyer for Steven Hayes, said Hayes implied in the letters that he would be dead by the time they were received. Hayes remains in stable condition at a hospital. In November, a judge denied Hayes’s lawsuit seeking to change his conditions at Northern Correctional Institution. Ullmann said that the conditions are oppressive and that some prison staff harass Hayes. Staff members deny those assertions. Hayes, 50, is on death row for the 2007 killings of a woman and her two daughters after a night of torment inside their Cheshire home.

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