Drew Peterson Shouts as He's Sentenced to 38 Years
'I did not kill Kathleen,' he yells in court
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2013 3:59 PM CST
In this courtroom sketch, Drew Peterson, left, watches the proceedings during his sentencing.   (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)

(Newser) – Drew Peterson—the swaggering former suburban Chicago police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife vanished in 2007—was sentenced to 38 years in prison today for murdering his third wife. The sentence came moments after Peterson shocked the courtroom as he proclaimed his innocence in the death of Kathleen Savio. "I did not kill Kathleen!" he shouted at the top of his lungs, emphasizing every word. Peterson seemed to look across the courtroom at Savio's family. Savio's sister Susan Doman shot back, "Yes, you did. You liar!" before the judge ordered sheriff's deputies to remove her from the courtroom.

Illinois does not have the death penalty, and the 59-year-old Peterson had faced a maximum 60-year prison term. Jurors convicted Peterson in September in Savio's 2004 death. Peterson is also a suspect in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson—who was 23 years old when she vanished—but he hasn't been charged in her case. It was her disappearance that led authorities to take another look at Savio's death and eventually reclassify it from an accident to a homicide.

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Feb 23, 2013 1:43 PM CST
Maybe he didn't kill her, and only killed the other three. It would be God's little joke that, after three perfect murders, he was convicted of the one he didn't do.
Feb 23, 2013 7:17 AM CST
Maybe this will convince him he should have taken better care of his wives.
Feb 23, 2013 6:40 AM CST
This devil's facial expression reflects his sudden realization that the * Teflon Suit* he's been swaggering around in , for way too many years now, was really nothing more than..* The Emperor's New Clothes* Bye Bye scumsucking killer..enjoy your vacation...