The Bible does not agree with the view that Jesus and the criminal went to heaven on the day that Jesus spoke to him. Jesus had foretold that , after his being killed, he would not be raised up until the third day. (Luke 9:22) During that three day period he was in the hades/grave and not in heaven.Following his resurrection he told May Magdalene:
John 20:17New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”
It was forty days after Jesus' resurrection that his disciples saw him lifted up from the earth and began his ascent to heaven . (Acts 1:3, 6-11)
Further in view of what Jesus said (John 3:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
" No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man."
so if the evildoer ascended to heaven prior to Jesus, this would make our Lord Jesus a LIAR.
Also the evildoer did not repent and was not baptized.
Further the evildoer did not meet the requirements for a heavenly resurrection:
Paul wrote:1 Corinthians 6:9-11New International Version (NIV)
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Also read: (Luke 22:28-30; 2 Timothy 2:12)
In conclusion the comma should be place after the word "today" placing it before contradicts the scriptures,
The Emphasised Bible translated by J.B. Rotherham has the comma after:.
** 43 And he said unto him—Verily, I say unto thee this day: With me, shalt thou be in Paradise.