A Connecticut judge sentenced Richard Roszkowski to death for killing three people, including a nine-year-old girl, despite the fact that the state eliminated the death penalty in 2012, NPR reports. “This is a terrible sentence,” Judge John Blawie said. “But it is in truth, sir, a sentence you wrote for yourself on Sept. 7, 2006.”
Three states — Connecticut, New Mexico and Maryland — have abolished the death penalty, but only for those crimes committed after the repeal was passed. The Death Penalty Information Center says Connecticut is the only state to have sentenced someone to death after repealing the death penalty. The state supreme court is considering whether that is unconstitutional. “To even proceed along these lines now just seems to me ridiculous,” says Thomas Ullmann, a public defender.