Peterson Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison for Murder of Kathleen Savio
Drew Peterson was sentenced Thursday in the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, after a judge denied a motion for a new murder trial.
Updated: 5:30 p.m.
Family members of both Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson spoke following Thursday's sentencing hearing.
Henry Savio, Kathleen's brother, said Drew Peterson "deserves to stay in jail forever," according to a tweet from the Trib's Stacy St. Clair. Peterson is "gonna go to hell and my sister is gonna be there to watch him," Henry Savio said.
Drew's rant was "constant lies." "He battered her until the very end," said Savio's sister, Sue Doman. Doman said Drew Peterson's rant "almost scared me to death," but she had to defend her sister. Doman was removed from court for calling Peterson a liar.
The outburst showed "what my sister had to go through."
Glasgow said the disappearance of Stacy Peterson will be assessed to see if charges can be filed. Stacy Peterson's sister Cassandra said she will not give up looking for Stacy.
Updated: 5 p.m.
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow addressed reporters following the sentencing.
“There’s never been anything more fulfilling in my career. We did it. 38 years worth," Fox 32 tweeted him saying.
Glasgow also said that it was an "interesting oversight" that Peterson denied killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, but did not deny killing his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
Glasgow looked at Peterson and thought, "You're a cold-blooded killer and I will stare you down until the day I die," according to a tweet from the Trib's Stacy St. Clair.
Drew Peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Peterson was facing 20 to 60 years in prison. According to the Chicago Tribune, "Judge Edward Burmila said he gave Peterson some consideration for his years as a police officer and his service in the military."
Under the sentence, Peterson, who is 59, will be in jail until he is 93, according to the Chicago Tribune. He will be required to serve his full sentence, with the credit of the nearly four years he's already served in prison.
The sentencing immediately followed Burmila's decision to deny a motion for a new murder trial. Peterson's lawyers argued for two days that he was deprived of a fair trial by Joel Brodsky, who was more worried about becoming a media darling than representing his client.
Peterson spoke before the sentencing was announced.
Peterson began his appeal to the judge today by telling him, "Good day, my name is Drew Peterson. I hope I don't aggravate the situation here, but I have a lot of things to be said." Then he screamed, "I did not kill Kathleen!"
"Yes, you did," a woman said.
"Ma'am, I'd like you to leave the courtroom," Burmila said. "And Mr. Peterson, don't make any outbursts that are designed to aggravate people."
"I'm sorry, your honor. I must have been woozy," Peterson said.
READ PATCH'S COVERAGE OF PETERSON'S PLEA FOR A NEW TRIAL HERE: