A man who took part in the rape and murder of a young family in Chesire, Connecticut, during a 2007 home invasion has begun his gender transition behind bars–on the taxpayer’s dime.

Stephen Hayes was convicted of raping and murdering three members of a young family in 2007.

He was initially sentenced to death, before the state of Connecticut retroactively abolished the death penalty and Hayes’ sentence was commuted to six consecutive life sentences.

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