Steven Hayes, 47, was found guilty Tuesday in the deadly home invasion that left a woman and her two daughters brutalized and murdered.

According to ABC News, the jury deliberated for several hours before finding Hayes guilty of 16 of the 17 counts he faced. Hayes was convicted of six capital crimes, including the murder and kidnapping of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, all of which are punishable by execution.

The same jury will now decide if he will face the death penalty.

As the verdict was read, Dr. William Petit, who was the only survivor of the slaughter, clutched his sister but remained stoic. Relatives of his slain wife wept while Hayes hung his head.

Hayes was quickly handcuffed and led out of the courtroom by officers.

As he left the courthouse, Petit thanked the jury for their “appropriate verdict” and said he and his family had kept their “faith in God that justice would be served.”

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Eiko Watanabe is a Blast staff writer in New York

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