NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A Connecticut jury has begun deliberating whether a man convicted in a deadly home invasion should get the death penalty or life in prison.

The jury began weighing Steven Hayes' fate Friday morning. Hayes was convicted last month of killing a Cheshire woman and her two daughters in 2007.

Hayes' attorney told the jury Thursday a life sentence would actually be harsher than death, because his client is so haunted by the crime and isolated in prison.

Prosecutors said the crime cries out for the death penalty, because Hayes and his co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, tormented the family for seven hours before they were killed.

Komisarjevsky awaits trial.