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 Ā©

    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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