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Drew Peterson Gets Another 40 Years in Prison

He was sentenced Friday for trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill a prosecutor

(Newser) - Former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson was given an additional 40 years in prison Friday for trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars for killing his third wife, the AP reports. During his sentencing hearing, Peterson told Judge Richard Brown he never wanted... More »

Drew Peterson Convicted of Hiring Hit Man to Kill Prosecutor

He's facing another 60 years on top of the 38 he's already serving for murder

(Newser) - Drew Peterson was found guilty Tuesday of hiring a hit man to kill the prosecutor who put him away for murder four years ago, the Chicago Tribune reports. The former police officer faces an additional 60 years in prison on top of the 38 he's currently serving for... More »

Drew Peterson Planned to Fly to Mexico, Join Cartel

He's on trial for murder-for-hire plot

(Newser) - Drew Peterson is on trial again and his chances of leaving prison before his 100th birthday appear to be growing slimmer by the day. Fellow inmate Antonio Smith testified on Tuesday that he secretly recorded the Illinois ex-cop after convincing him that a plan to kill Will County State's... More »

Drew Peterson Tried to Put Out Hit on Prosecutor: DA

Was apparently displeased with getting sent to prison for 38 years

(Newser) - It seems that sending Drew Peterson away for 38 years is not a way to make friends with Drew Peterson: The Chicago Tribune reports today that the former Illinois cop has been charged with trying to put a hit out on Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, the man... More »

Drew Peterson Fears Inmates, 'Cruel Guards' Will Kill Him

Also, his cell is very small

(Newser) - One year after being found guilty for the murder of his third wife , Drew Peterson's letters from prison reveal his true fears about a place he's called home since he was sentenced. Peterson's former attorney, Joel Brodsky, revealed the letters exclusively to WFLD in Chicago. In them,... More »

Drew Peterson Shouts as He's Sentenced to 38 Years

'I did not kill Kathleen,' he yells in court

(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... More »

Drew Peterson Guilty in 3rd Wife's Murder

Ex-cop killed Kathleen Savio: jury

(Newser) - After five years of headlines, the Drew Peterson murder case has come to a verdict: The former Chicago-area police officer is guilty of killing Kathleen Savio, his third wife, the jury says. His maximum sentence would be 60 years. It's a victory for a prosecution that based its arguments... More »

Restaurateur: $100K Reward for Body of Stacy Peterson

Doesn't trust police in Drew Peterson case

(Newser) - A Cincinnati restaurateur and victims' advocate is convinced ex-cop Drew Peterson killed Peterson's missing ex-wife—and he's offering $100,000 to whomever can find her body. "We think somebody knows something but they were afraid to come forward, and $100,000, quite frankly, makes people get a... More »

Drew Peterson Choked Wife: Pal

He said he could make her death look like an accident: witness

(Newser) - Former suburban Chicago cop Drew Peterson once choked his wife, and then asked her: "Why don't you just die?" a friend of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, testified yesterday. Peterson is on trial for allegedly killing Savio and trying to make it look like an accidental drowning in... More »

Drew Peterson Murder Trial Gets Under Way

Former Chicago cop accused of killing his wife

(Newser) - The murder trial of former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson began today with dueling explanations of his third wife's death. Prosecutors gave jurors an account that could have come from a 1940s pulp novel, in which a man does whatever he must— including murder—to keep his ex-wife'... More »

Drew Peterson Finally on Trial in Wife's Death

3-year wait ends as 'very unusual' case begins today

(Newser) - A pool of 200 potential jurors has waited three years for the Drew Peterson murder trial to begin; today, jury selection will finally begin in what's set to be a rather unorthodox case. Those selected to hear the case will listen to what is, in effect, posthumous testimony based... More »

Drew Peterson Jury Will Hear of False Alibi

Ex-cop allegedly forced fourth wife to lie for him, says pastor

(Newser) - Bad news for Drew Peterson ahead of his murder trial: A pastor will be allowed to testify that Peterson forced his fourth wife to provide a fake alibi for him the night his third wife was killed, the Chicago Tribune reports. The pastor says Stacy Peterson told him Drew was... More »

New Search for Stacy Peterson Yields Zilch

Cops excavate

(Newser) - Investigators came up empty-handed in their search for Stacy Peterson's body yesterday. Acting on a tip from an inmate who claimed Drew Peterson told him, police excavated a 10-by-10 area of a rural Peoria farm, to no avail. "I don't want to allude to (the idea that) we're looking... More »

Cops May Have Found Stacy Peterson

TMZ says Drew spilled the beans to a fellow inmate

(Newser) - In what might be the mother of all jailhouse confessions, TMZ is reporting that Drew Peterson blabbed to a fellow inmate how he killed missing wife Stacy Peterson, and who his accomplice was. The inmate allegedly told cops, who tracked down the accomplice, who took them to private hunting grounds... More »

Cop's Dead Wife to Testify From 'Beyond the Grave'

Hearsay evidence allowed in Drew Peterson murder hearing

(Newser) - Drew Peterson, the Illinois cop accused of killing one of his wives and suspected in the disappearance of another, gets to hear from his dead third wife today in an evidentiary hearing, reports the AP . An Illinois judge will be evaluating hearsay evidence from the wife he is accused of... More »

Drew Peterson Wants to Sell His Home—to the Media

He's got a novel idea for those pesky legal fees

(Newser) - Drew Peterson is broke and has huge legal bills, so he’s looking to sell his home. But not to just anyone. The former police sergeant, accused of murdering his third wife, figures he’ll get a premium if he sells it to a news organization as a “base... More »

New Autopsy: Peterson's 3rd Wife Murdered

Bruises show struggle; coroner had called death accidental

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s third wife was killed, a new autopsy says, countering the original coroner’s report that concluded Kathleen Savio’s death was an accident, CNN reports. Bruises point to a struggle in the new autopsy by a top forensic pathologist. Peterson, a former Illinois cop, has been charged... More »

Ill. Remains Not Stacy Peterson

Body confirmed to be male

(Newser) - The body found last week near a river in suburban Chicago has been identified as male, the Tribune reports. The discovery confirms the remains are not those of Stacy Peterson or another missing area woman. “We’re disappointed,” said a spokesperson for the family of Peterson, who’s... More »

Peterson Calls Radio Show to Joke About Prison

(Newser) - That Drew Peterson is quite a card. In prison on charges of murdering his third wife, Peterson called a Chicago radio station this morning to crack jokes about prison life, reports TMZ. Among other things, Peterson told the Mancow & Cassidy show on WLS-AM that they should run a “... More »

Peterson Sought to Hire Hitman: Prosecutors

(Newser) - Drew Peterson attempted to pay someone $25,000 to kill his third wife in 2003, a year before she was found drowned in her bathtub, prosecutors alleged today. The disgraced former cop, who has been charged with murdering Kathleen Savio himself, tried and failed today to have his $20 million... More »

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