Drew Peterson Sentenced to 38 Years for Wife’s Death
Former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson on Feb. 21 was sentenced to 38 years in prison for killing Kathleen Savio, his third wife, in 2004. He is also reportedly under suspicion for killing his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who disappeared in 2007.
In a dramatic end to a dramatic case, just before the judge sentenced him, Peterson screamed, “I did not kill Kathleen!” “Yes, you did!” a woman in the audience responded. The judge kicked the woman, who was reportedly Kathleen’s sister, Susan Doman, out of court.
Peterson was convicted in September of Savio’s murder. Prosecutors said he drowned her in the bathtub and then made it look like an accident. He was eligible for 60 years in the pen, but the judge cut him some slack for his service in the military and on the police force.
Before he was sentenced, he gave a long rambling speech about how he was really the victim. He said the police falsified reports and the state improperly used hearsay and privileged information to convict him.
His case drew national attention, and his trial last fall provided much drama, as the lawyers battled over whether hearsay testimony should be admitted. Friends said both wives told them Peterson was violent and threatening, and his lawyers tried to have a mistrial declared three times, according to ABC News.
One of the highlights of his trial was the testimony by a reverend with whom his fourth wife, Stacy, had discussed the Savio murder, according to the Chicago Tribune. Rev. Neil Schori said Stacy told him she had lied to the police about what she knew about Peterson’s role in the murder.