Peterson gets 38 years for ex-wife's death
February 21st, 2013
04:52 PM ET

Peterson gets 38 years for ex-wife's death

Former Chicago-area police sergeant Drew Peterson was sentenced Thursday to 38 years in prison with credit for nearly four years in jail for the 2004 murder of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, a prosecution spokesman in Illinois said.

Peterson plans to appeal the sentence, one of this lawyers said.

Peterson was convicted of murder last September. Savio Peterson's third wife was found dead in her dry, clean bathtub on March 1, 2004

The headline-grabbing case did not arise until after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in October 2007. It was during the search for Stacy Peterson who has not been found that investigators said they would look again into Savio's death, which was initially ruled an accidental drowning.

In February 2008, authorities altered their judgment and ruled Savio's death a homicide. Peterson was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

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  1. ME

    Bet he's not smirking now.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jurby

      agreed. now if only they would convict him of killing Stacy too then that smirk would definitely be gone.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      put him in the general population. don't drop the soap, cop

      February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • scotty501

      @Sam that is so clever. Never heard that before....

      February 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    One less corrupt cop is good.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. johhny bgood

    WOW! 38 years and not life....I guess ex-cops get all the perks.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeanTooth

      He'll be in his 90s before he can get out, you buffoon.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigJim

      Most states life is 25-30 years...so he got longer than life. Only a few states actually have life means in till you die.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • OneGoneGirl

      Drew is 58 so in 38 years he will be 96! Not much of a perk

      February 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pablo

    Take that Peterson!

    February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MA

    Good Work. Rot in hell

    February 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    Justice!!

    February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lisa

    GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rot in hell!

    February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keyser

    AH-HA?

    February 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    A multi-murderer and he's still alive? Outrageous!!!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gary

    Another murderous psychopath off the streets. Thank goodness. What a monster.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Timmy

    he killed what, three women? and nearly got away with all of them. had the badge on his side for a long time.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeb

      I don't think the badge was on his side. He got 38 years in prison dude.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. emotionaldiorama

    Bittersweet day, Savio family rejoicing, Peterson family/friends devastated. Feel horrible for those kids, who lost their mother, now father. Appeal it Greenberg!

    February 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      If he treats his kids anything like his wives, he wasn't much of a father to begin with. Kids are better off with relatives.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    Peterson's not smirking or cracking jokes any more... I guess that 38 year sentence wasn't so amsuing after all.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr. X

    SWISH

    February 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pamela

    Hope his new boyfriend abuses him as much as he did his wives.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
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