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    Colleen Moulton ‏@TCMoulton

    @charolyn_ @SeidelContent he's not eligible for parole until he's 93. This conviction will just add to that. #drewpeterson

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykittysmama [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    So happy, he will never get out of jail now. Some justice for Stacy, I hope she is found one day soon.
    Yes I hope Stacy is found one day too her sister Cassandra was in court today I bet she is happy with this verdict!!

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    Drew Peterson found guilty in murder-for-hire plot
    May 31 2016 01:18PM CDT

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    Former Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson, already in prison for killing his third wife, was found guilty Tuesday of trying to hire a hit man to kill the prosecutor who had helped put him away, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

    As the verdict was read, Peterson sat and listened with his head resting on his left hand.

    The jury had reached that verdict after deliberating less than an hour — so brief the judge was still at lunch when word came that they had reached a decision.
    During closing arguments Tuesday morning, the prosecutor — pointing his finger like a dagger at Peterson — had told jurors to “find this man guilty.”

    The former Bolingbrook cop was accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow while Peterson was locked up at Menard Correctional Center on the banks of the Mississippi River.

    “A prosecutor deserves to go home at night and not worry about getting shot in the head because I did my job,” Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker told the jury at the end of closing arguments.

    Peterson crossed his legs and leaned back in his chair at times, listening to lawyers spend two hours summarizing the case for the jury. Peterson faces a minimum of 15 additional years in prison if the jury comes back with a guilty verdict. He was convicted in 2012 for the murder of Kathleen Savio, his third wife. He is serving a 38-year prison sentence, and his anticipated release date is in 2047, when Peterson would be 93.

    Prosecutors say Peterson employed a Satan’s Disciple known as “Beast” — whose real name is Antonio Smith — to find someone to kill Glasgow in downtown Joliet for $10,000. Smith wore a wire on Peterson late in 2014, and Assistant Attorney General Steve Nate acknowledged he played so many recordings from that wire during the trial that jurors probably wanted to “throttle” him. But Nate said Peterson and his attorney “can’t get around the recordings, ladies and gentlemen. They can’t get around his own words.”

    “He said it, he meant it, and he’s guilty,” Nate said


    During closing arguments Tuesday morning, the prosecutor — pointing his finger like a dagger at Peterson — had told jurors to “find this man guilty.”

    The former Bolingbrook cop was accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow while Peterson was locked up at Menard Correctional Center on the banks of the Mississippi River.

    “A prosecutor deserves to go home at night and not worry about getting shot in the head because I did my job,” Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker told the jury at the end of closing arguments.

    Peterson crossed his legs and leaned back in his chair at times, listening to lawyers spend two hours summarizing the case for the jury. Peterson faces a minimum of 15 additional years in prison if the jury comes back with a guilty verdict. He was convicted in 2012 for the murder of Kathleen Savio, his third wife. He is serving a 38-year prison sentence, and his anticipated release date is in 2047, when Peterson would be 93.

    Prosecutors say Peterson employed a Satan’s Disciple known as “Beast” — whose real name is Antonio Smith — to find someone to kill Glasgow in downtown Joliet for $10,000. Smith wore a wire on Peterson late in 2014, and Assistant Attorney General Steve Nate acknowledged he played so many recordings from that wire during the trial that jurors probably wanted to “throttle” him. But Nate said Peterson and his attorney “can’t get around the recordings, ladies and gentlemen. They can’t get around his own words.”

    “He said it, he meant it, and he’s guilty,” Nate said.

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    Great news!!

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    So was he sentenced today or is there another sentencing date? TIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aubrey [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    So was he sentenced today or is there another sentencing date? TIA.
    No Not yet He went back to prison not sure yet when he will be sentenced!! No sentencing date has been announced. I just found it on another report about his sentencing>>>
    Peterson is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26.
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    Justice Café ‏@facsmiley

    "This just put another nail in his coffin," said Cassandra Cales, "Now I obviously hope that he sees that he's never getting out of jail."




    Matt Walberg ‏@mattwalberg1

    Updated story, now with raw video of Cassandra Cales, Stacy Peterson's sister, on #DrewPeterson conviction
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    WJOL has learned that the Bolingbrook Police Pension board has revoked Drew Peterson’s pension. The termination is effective immediately. All five members voted to revoke the former convicted Bolingbrook police officer’s pension. Peterson was found guilty this week of trying to hire someone to kill Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow. The Pension Board met Wednesday night. Drew’s son and daughter were at the meeting along with attorneys. Peterson is serving 38 years for killing his third wife. He will be sentenced in July and faces up to 60 years for the murder for hire conviction.


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    Drew Peterson Juror Speaks, Says Trial Was Emotionally Draining

    Listening to hours of secret prison recordings day after day took a toll, the juror said.
    June 6, 2016 10:14 am ET

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    Justin Lanton figured it wasn’t just another day at the Randolph County Courthouse when he showed up for jury duty and saw federal marshals, FBI agents and assault rifles.

    “I knew it was something kind of high profile, said the 25-year-old resident of Sparta, a small southern Illinois town.


    When he got into the courtroom and saw the defendant, Lanton still wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about.

    “At first, I didn’t know who he was because it’s been so long since he was on the news,” Lanton said.

    And then he learned the defendant was Drew Peterson, and he made the connection.

    Lanton was picked for the jury that found Peterson guilty of plotting the murder of Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow from behind the bars of Menard Correctional Center. Glasgow led Peterson’s prosecution in 2012 and got him sentenced to 38 years in prison for drowning his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    The trial lasted six days, and for three of them, the jury listened to hour after hour of secretly recorded conversations between Peterson, 62, and 25-year-old convict Antonio “Beast” Smith.

    Smith befriended Peterson behind bars, only to betray him by urging prosecutors to let him wear a wire and record their talks.

    Peterson is never heard on the recording explicitly ordering Glasgow’s murder, but Lanton said he and his fellow jurors firmly believed he wanted the prosecutor dead.

    “He didn’t say anything about ‘kill’ or ‘murder,’ but you don’t have to be intelligent to know what he is saying on the tapes,” said Lanton, who is in the process of starting up his own Farmers Insurance agency.

    Peterson’s an intelligent man,” he said. “You could tell he was making it hard for him to be incriminated.”

    Lanton said he and other jurors weren’t completely convinced of Peterson’s guilt when they began deliberations.

    “Some of us were on the fence and I was too,” he said. “It’s kind of like a set up at first. It’s kind of like, is Beast trying to set him up?”
    The 12 came to a conclusion quickly, sending word that they had a verdict in less than an hour.

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    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] - 06/07/2016, 02:14pm

    ‘I did not kill Kathleen!’: Drew Peterson recordings released

    Drew Peterson caught an entire courtroom off-guard three years ago when he declared his innocence with a shriek that may still be echoing somewhere in downtown Joliet.

    "I did not kill Kathleen!" Peterson cried in one final outburst before he was sentenced to 38 years in prison for murder.

    Peterson’s notorious February 2013 scream — and the rambling rant that followed — is among a pile of raw recordings and transcripts released Tuesday to the Chicago Sun-Times by Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker.

    Susan Doman, a sister of victim Kathleen Savio, can be heard retorting on the tapes after Peterson’s outburst: “Yes you did.” She then calls Peterson a liar before she is removed from the courtroom.

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    Wow, audio can be heard at link.
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    Drew Peterson Prison Recordings Released
    June 7, 2016 5:28 PM
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    From a courtroom outburst to prison cell conversations, the recordings presented at Drew Peterson’s latest trial were released on Tuesday, including one in which Peterson talks about killing the man who put him behind bars for murder.

    Many of these recordings were made secretly and took place between the former Bolingbrook police sergeant and fellow Menard Correctional inmate Antonio Smith, a gang member.

    Some of Peterson’s words from that trial were used to set up last month’s trial, in which he was convicted of trying to have Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow killed.

    Much of the evidence in that downstate trail centered on those prison recordings.

    In one of those conversations, the plot to kill Glasgow is discussed:

    Inmate: I told him what you said, that it’s the green light on. That, basically, go ahead and kill him.

    Peterson: Right.

    Inmate: That’s what you wanted, right? It ain’t no. It ain’t no turnin’ back.

    Peterson: Okay. Alright I’m in. From the first time we talked about it, it was.

    Inmate: Huh?

    Peterson: From the first time we talked about it, where was no turnin’ back.


    Inmate: Alright. Cause man …

    Peterson: If I get some booze in here we’ll celebrate that night

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    Justice Café ‏@facsmiley · 6m6 minutes ago

    Michael Sneed: Convicted murderer Drew Peterson just drew his last pension check Thursday.

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    Justice Café ‏@facsmiley · 32m32 minutes ago

    Reminder: Drew Peterson's sentencing for solicitation of murder has been moved from 7/26 to Friday, 7/29 at 1 p.m.

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    Entered Under: PETERSON, DREW M35067
    addition 07/26/2016 Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued.



    The writ of habeas corpus ad prosequendum is used to transfer a defendant from the jurisdiction where he is held to the jurisdiction where he is going to face charges. It is also used in federal court to arrange for transportation of a witness who is in custody
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    Chicago News 07/27/2016, 05:47pm


    Drew Peterson, yet again, is griping about his lawyer

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    Two months ago, a jury convicted former Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson. Again.


    And now, Peterson is apparently complaining about his lawyer. Again.
    A downstate jury convicted Peterson in May of trying to have Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow killed. He faces sentencing Friday, and records show he has written a letter to Randolph County Judge Richard A. Brown.

    A copy of the letter was not available Wednesday, but a source familiar with the matter said Peterson wrote to the judge complaining about Lucas Liefer, Peterson’s downstate defense attorney.

    Liefer did not return a call Wednesday from the Sun-Times.

    Peterson, who is already serving a 38-year prison sentence for the murder of his third wife, famously pinned the blame for his 2012 murder conviction on Joel Brodsky, the leader of his defense team during that trial. Peterson complained that Brodsky botched the defense by calling a divorce attorney to the stand who gave bombshell testimony against Peterson.

    Now Peterson’s latest criminal case may be headed down a similar path.
    Liefer began representing Peterson immediately after the former cop was charged in downstate Randolph County with offering $10,000 to a Satan’s Disciple known as “Beast” to have Glasgow killed. The plot was hatched at downstate Menard Correctional Center.

    Liefer bucked the media-obsessed legal strategy Peterson had long relied upon during his days in Bolingbrook, telling reporters he didn’t “want this case being tried before we get to a jury” and avoiding calls from reporters ahead of the trial.

    The defense attorney kicked off his closing argument in May by mocking the case against Peterson, telling jurors he could be Randolph County’s top prosecutor if only the current state’s attorney — Jeremy Walker — were out of the way.

    “Oh my gosh, did I just commit solicitation of murder?” Liefer asked facetiously.

    Afterward, it took jurors barely an hour to find Peterson guilty. Now he faces a minimum 20-year sentence that won’t begin until he is done serving time for the murder of Kathleen Savio. Walker has said he will seek a sentence near the maximum of 60 years during Peterson’s sentencing hearing.

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    Drew Peterson will have chance to speak out in court again Friday
    July 28, 2016, 5:04 AM

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    rew Peterson delivered a rambling, crying, 40-minute rant before his murder case sentencing in 2013. On Friday, he will have the chance to speak out in court again — if he chooses.

    The 62-year-old former Bolingbrook police officer is expected to be sentenced Friday on his conviction in May for a plot to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars for the murder of his third wife
    Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence at the Menard Correctional Center, just a few minutes away from the Randolph County Courthouse where a jury found him guilty of trying to arrange the hit on his nemesis, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow.

    It is unclear whether Peterson will elect to speak prior to being sentenced. His attorney, Lucas Liefer, could not be reached for comment.

    Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker said he expects that Glasgow will deliver a victim impact statement to the court.

    Peterson faces 20 to 60 years in prison for his conviction for solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire, under which he will be required to serve 85 percent. Whatever term he receives will have to be served after his murder case sentence.

    He is due to be paroled in 2047 at age 93 for the murder conviction. Even if he receives the minimum sentence Friday, it will virtually guarantee Peterson spends the rest of his life behind bars.


    At the seven-day trial in May, the state's star witness, Antonio "Beast" Smith, testified he became friends with Peterson in 2013 while they were both inmates at Menard. Smith said he was later transferred to another prison, but not before Peterson approached him and asked if he could help find a hit man to kill Glasgow.


    Smith later contacted the Will County state's attorney's office to tip off officials to the plan. He was transferred back to Menard and agreed to wear a wire for the FBI to record his conversations with Peterson.

    Over the course of several weeks in November 2014, Peterson complained that Glasgow was obstructing his attempts to get his conviction overturned on appeal, and said he feared the prosecutor would find a way to charge him in connection with the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who vanished from their Bolingbrook home in October 2007. She has never been found.


    Her disappearance prompted Glasgow to reopen an investigation into the 2004 death of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in her bathtub as she and Peterson were completing a divorce. Savio's death, which had originally been ruled an accident, was reclassified as a homicide, and Peterson was convicted of her murder in 2012.

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    Drew Peterson to be sentenced in murder-for-hire case

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    CHESTER, Ill. — A former suburban Chicago police officer is facing sentencing after he was convicted in a murder-for-hire case.

    Jurors agreed in May that Drew Peterson attempted to hire a fellow inmate’s uncle to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in 2012 in the killing of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    The 62-year-old Peterson will have a chance at Friday’s sentencing to make a statement. Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker says the apparent target of Peterson’s failed hit, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, will also speak.

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    Reminder: Drew Peterson's sentencing for solicitation of murder~~ Today at 1 p.m.CT

    Matt Walberg ‏@mattwalberg1 ·

    #DrewPeterson sentencing hearing to begin at 1 p.m. Expected to take at least an hour. No word on whether DP will speak. Glasgow will...
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    Drew Peterson sentencing today for arranging hit on prosecutor
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    At 1:30 today Drew Peterson will be in court to be sentenced for his solicitation of murder conviction.

    Peterson is already serving a 38 year sentence for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, which would have kept him behind bars until the age of 92.

    The new sentence could add at least 35 years to his earlier sentence which he has been serving at Menard Correctional Facility in Chester, Illinois.

    Peterson recently wrote a letter to Judge Richard Brow, complaining about this representation by his court-appointed defender, Lucas Liefer.

    Last week a motion for leave to withdraw was filed for Peterson’s case so it remains to see who will be sitting next to Peterson in court today.

    I will update this post throughout the day with news as I hear it. Randolph county does not allow cameras, lap tops or phones in the courtroom and today there is no overflow room available to reporters, so live tweets will not be available.

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    FYI
    So no live tweets will have to wait until the sentencing is announced to bring the report!!

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    BREAKING: Ex-cop Drew Peterson gets 40 years in prison in murder-for-hire scheme

    My Thoughts>>
    On a personal note since I live so close to Joliet Il where Drew Peterson lived with Stacy and Kathleen Savio I have followed this case for years. I even know places & people that searched for Stacy right near me & pubs that I have been too where DP frequented scary. I am so Happy this man will never be free again to murder again, I only want to hear when he finally dies and knowing he will die in prison makes me very satisfied, that he is not going to go after another women and then get rid of her too!!
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    07/29/2016, 02:39pm

    Drew Peterson gets 40 years in prison in murder-for-hire scheme

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    Ex-cop and convicted wife killer Drew Peterson was sentenced Friday to another 40 years in prison for trying to arrange the murder of Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.


    Peterson was convicted in May of attempting to hire a hitman to kill Glasgow, who led Peterson’s successful prosecution for the murder of Peterson’s wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2013.

    While serving his 38-year sentence for Savio’s murder at Menard Correctional Center in downstate Chester, Peterson talked with a fellow inmate about hiring someone to take out Glasgow. The inmate, a member of the Satan’s Disciples street gang, helped investigators record Peterson talking about the litany of woes he believed Glasgow had inflicted on Peterson and his family— and an offer of $10,000

    Peterson apparently clashed with his court-appointed attorney in the case, Lucas Liefer, writing a letter to Randolph County Judge Richard Brown ahead of his sentencing hearing that expressed his unhappiness with Liefer during the week-long trial this spring. Jurors needed only a hour to reach a guilty verdict to the charge, which carried a minimum sentence of 20 years. Prosecutors had sought the maximum jail term of 60 years for Peterson.


    In a 20-minute address to the judge, Peterson continued his complaints against his attorney. Peterson contended he never truly intended to carry out a plot to kill Glasgow but rather was setting up a scam so his fellow inmate could rat out Peterson and get a reduced sentence. Peterson contended that his attorney failed to call up to 16 fellow inmates at trial who could have testified about the scam.


    In 2013, Peterson was defiant at his sentencing hearing in the Savio case, earning a rebuke from Judge Edward Burmila for shouting “I did not kill Kathleen!” at the top of his lungs. Peterson singled out Glasgow in his remarks then, telling the prosecutor “Never forget my face. Never forget what you’ve done here.”


    On Friday, closing his remarks, Peterson looked over toward Glasgow in the courtroom and said, “I never did try to have you killed. You can think what you want.”

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    Drew Peterson Gets 40 Years In Glasgow Murder Plot
    July 29, 2016 2:46 PM

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    Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday for trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped to convict him in the murder of his third wife.

    Peterson, 62, was convicted of trying to hire a fellow inmate’s uncle while in prison to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who helped convict Peterson in 2012 of killing ex-wife Kathleen Savio eight years earlier. Prosecutors say Peterson believed that with Glasgow dead, he could win an appeal of his conviction.

    He already was serving 38 years for murdering Savio, and his 40-year sentence in the murder-for-hire plot would begin after he completes that prison term.

    Peterson’s fellow inmate, Antonio “Beast” Smith, wore a wire for prosecutors, and jurors heard hours of Smith’s recorded conversations with Peterson at Menard Correctional Center in November 2014. Smith testified last week that Peterson enlisted him to help kill Glasgow.

    In one recording, Smith tells Peterson that he gave his uncle the go-ahead to kill Glasgow.

    “OK, all right, I’m in,” Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, responded. “From the first time we talked about it, there was no turning back.”

    Savio’s death was initially deemed accidental. Glasgow reopened the case after the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, Peterson’s 23-year-old fourth wife.

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    Justice Café ‏@facsmiley · 30m30 minutes ago

    Thank you, court system for making sure that for his remaining days, Drew Peterson's love life will remain virtual

    Matt Walberg ‏@mattwalberg1

    Three and a half years later, my fourth wife left us,” he said. “She took off on the family – she called me on the phone and told me that.”



    Matt Walberg ‏@mattwalberg1

    "It wasn't Mr. Glasgow that got me convicted, it was my inexperienced and subsequent incompetence of my attorney," #DrewPeterson said



    Andy Grimm ‏@agrimm34 · 4m4 minutes ago

    #StacyPeterson sister Cassandra Cales hissed at #DrewPeterson as he left court after sentencing: "Give up my sister then kill yourself."

    Andy Grimm ‏@agrimm34 · 6m6 minutes ago

    Prosecutor SA Jim Glasgow gave "victim impact statement," said #DrewPeterson threat frightened his family
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    So happy that this scum will never be free again!
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    Drew Peterson Trying to Get His Police Pension Back

    Drew Peterson did not rely on his special police training to kill his third wife, according to a petition.

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    Just days after he was sentenced to 40 years for plotting the murder of the prosecutor who put him in prison for killing his third wife, disgraced Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson tried to get his pension back.

    Peterson’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, filed a petition for administrative review in Will County court Tuesday.


    The Bolingbrook Police Pension Board stripped Peterson of his retirement benefits in June. Peterson had put in nearly 30 years with the Bolingbrook police before retiring as a sergeant in 2007. He cashed in rather than face an internal investigation concerning the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

    Stacy remains missing. The Illinois State police did name Peterson a suspect in her “potential homicide” but have yet to actually charge him with harming her.

    While Stacy’s case was never solved, evidence gathered during the investigation prompted police and prosecutors to take another look at the death of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio.

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    08/03/2016, 09:34pm
    Drew Peterson sues Bolingbrook to get his police pension back

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    A week after Drew Peterson was handed a 40-year sentence for trying to hire a hit man to kill the state’s attorney who put him behind bars for murdering his third wife, the former cop sued to get back his police pension.


    Peterson is almost certain to die behind bars, thanks the the four-decade term that was tacked onto the 38 years he’s already serving for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
    But at his sentencing Friday for hiring a hit man to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, Peterson said that he had felt suicidal since landing at Menard Correctional Center, but he took comfort in knowing his pension payments were still supporting his two minor children.

    But Peterson noted those payouts were stopped in June by the village Police Pension Fund Board, nearly four years after he was convicted of murdering Kathleen Savio. The pension board vote came, coincidentally, the day after a jury in Randolph County found Peterson guilty of soliciting a fellow inmate at Menard to rub out Glasgow.

    In a rambling, 25-minute speech to Judge Richard Brown, a haggard-looking Peterson said his life inside Menard was “Hell” and that he didn’t expect to live out the sentence he was serving for Savio’s murder, much less the four decades for the attempted hit on Glasgow.

    Peterson had retired from the Bolingbrook Police Department in 2007, not long after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared. Peterson collected more than $70,000 a year in a pension from the department, but in a long-delayed ruling in June, the pension board said that despite serving 30 years on the force, Peterson was no longer entitled to payouts because he had used his “specialized police training, skills and ablilities to plan and commit” Savio’s killing.

    Savio was found dead in the bathtub of her Bolingbrook home in 2004, about six months after she and Peterson had divorced. Medical examiners ruled her death was an accident, but Glasgow said that Peterson had killed her and used his training as a crime scene investigator to remove incriminating evidence from the scene to make it appear that Savio had struck her head in a bathtub.

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    Drew Peterson drew international headlines nearly a decade ago with his unusual behavior and the disappearance of his much younger fourth wife, Stacy. But it was the murder of his third wife that eventually landed the former Illinois cop in jail.

    Peterson recently emerged again in the news, but this time for a plan he hatched in prison to hire a hit man to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars.
    "I didn't conceive that he would be foolish enough to try to hire someone to kill me," Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow told TODAY as part of this week’s “TODAY's Update: True Crime” series.

    Peterson came under suspicion following the October 2007 disappearance of his 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy.
    “Drew running around with a baseball hat, a Johnny Depp bandana and sunglasses — obviously, that's not really innocent behavior,” Glasgow said.

    Cassandra Cales said she has no doubt what happened to her sister, Stacy, who has never been found.

    “Drew obviously murdered my sister. She didn't run off like he says. She's not at a beach. She would never leave her kids,” Cales said.

    Stacy's disappearance prompted authorities to revisit the circumstances of the death of Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found in a bathtub several years earlier.

    Peterson maintained his innocence during a November 2007 interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer.

    “I can look right in your eye and say I had nothing to do with either of those incidences,” he said at the time.

    A second autopsy on Savio showed evidence of a struggle. Peterson eventually was charged and convicted of murder and sentenced to 38 years in prison.

    “It's frustrating for him being in prison because he knows that his trial wasn't fair,” said Peterson’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, said his client “makes the best” of his current life, reading and working out “until hopefully he can get out.”

    We have a case where there was no competent evidence,” Greenberg said. “Whether or not you think he did it or not is totally different than whether he was proven guilty and he was not proven guilty.”

    Prosecutor Glasgow has his own theory of what happened to Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy.

    “He killed her to make her unavailable to testify in his trial for killing Kathy Savio,” he said.

    Peterson, now 62, returned to court last month, when he was sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot to kill Glasgow. The plot unfolded in recorded prison conversations between Peterson and an informant.

    “Drew's biggest weakness is that he should follow the old maxim, cierra la boca. Keep your mouth shut. Shut up,” said Greenberg, his attorney. “There's an old saying in our business that he who doesn't talk, walks.”

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    Illinois Supreme Court hears Drew Peterson appeal

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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on Drew Peterson's appeal of his conviction for the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

    The former Bolingbrook police sergeant was convicted in 2012 and is now serving a 38-year prison sentence.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in July after he was found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot against the state's attorney who got him convicted, James Glasgow.

    Savio's death was originally ruled accidental, but authorities later exhumed her body and found evidence that led to charges against Peterson.

    "We were happy the Supreme Court decided to hear this case, because I think it indicates they thought it was flawed," said Peterson attorney Steve Greenberg.


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    Law360, Springfield (November 15, 2016, 9:35 PM EST) -- Attorneys for Drew Peterson, the former police officer who made headlines when his fourth wife went missing in 2007 and who was later found guilty of killing his third wife, told the Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday that their client's murder trial was fraught with error.

    In appealing the conviction, Peterson's side argued that the state used evidence that should have been inadmissible in the 2012 trial, including evidence based on hearsay that incriminated the former Bolingbrook, Illinois, officer.

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    CHICAGO (WLS) --
    The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on Drew Peterson's appeal of his conviction for the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

    The former Bolingbrook police sergeant was convicted in 2012 and is now serving a 38-year prison sentence.

    Forty years were added to his sentence in July after he was found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot against the state's attorney who got him convicted, James Glasgow.

    Savio's death was originally ruled accidental, but authorities later exhumed her body and found evidence that led to charges against Peterson.

    "We were happy the Supreme Court decided to hear this case, because I think it indicates they thought it was flawed," said Peterson attorney Steve Greenberg.

    Peterson, whose fourth wife Stacy is presumed dead, but whose body was never found, was convicted of Savio's murder in large measure thanks to incriminating statements Stacy made before her disappearance. Though generally inadmissible, a 2010 hearsay law known as Drew's Law, allows witnesses to essentially speak from beyond the grave.


    "We don't want it to be just an exception for Drew Peterson. We want to make sure all defendants are treated fairly. And in this case, the state bent over backwards to say that Drew Peterson was not entitled to the same kind of protections that other criminal defendants should expect and are entitled to," said Harold Krent, defense attorney.

    Arguing for the prosecution, the attorney general's office insists they proved their case, which required them to present evidence that Peterson wanted Savio out of the way to keep her from speaking out as they negotiated their divorce settlement.

    "Once he made her absent and prevented her testimony, her objection was lost, and the judicial system was changed. The result of that divorce was changed," said Leah Bendik, assistant attorney general.

    There is no timeline for the Illinois Supreme Court to render a decision. Peterson's defense attorneys said they're hopeful to have an answer by next spring.

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