Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of his previous wife, Kathleen Savio, according to the Associated Press on Feb. 21. The smug Chicago area policeman who got a bad name after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished, screamed out his innocence in front of a judge in Joliet, Ill. Peterson shouted, "I did not kill Kathleen!" as he tilted forward into the courtroom microphone and emphasized each of the five words.
His dead wife's sister, Susan Doman shouted back without missing a beat, "Yes, you did! You liar!." She was then escorted out of the courtroom by sheriff's deputies.
Peterson has been known to casually dismiss and even at times joke about ideas that he might have killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, or that he had anything to do with the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, his fourth wife.
The sudden explosion of fury that came from Peterson on Thursday as he stood in front of the judge who would sentence him for Savio's death, left observers shocked. James Glasgow, the lead prosecutor, stated that it showed the real Drew Peterson- the one who could have killed his ex-wife.
Glasgow told reporters right after the hearing:
"We all got an opportunity to see a psychopath reveal himself in open court. That shrill ... screech. ... That's the guy that killed Kathy."
The state of Illinois does not have a death penalty and Peterson, 59, had faced a maximum 60-year prison term. Judge Edward Burmila gave him four years' credit for the time he has served since he was arrested in 2009.
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