Drew Peterson Planned to Fly to Mexico, Join Cartel

He's on trial for murder-for-hire plot
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2016 3:54 AM CDT
Updated May 25, 2016 6:33 AM CDT
Drew Peterson is seen in this photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections,   (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP, File)

(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 Attorney James Glasgow was underway, the Chicago Tribune reports. In November 2014 recordings played in court, Peterson tells Smith about his plans for after Glasgow is "gone" and he is out of prison. "I have a guy that’s got a … his family has property on the other side of Mexico. We land right there with a plane," says Peterson, who went on to tell Smith that the friend has cartel connections who "can get us into dope."

Peterson, 62, is serving a 38-year sentence for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He is charged with soliciting the murder of Glasgow, who was the prosecutor in that case. On the recordings, he complains that even if he wins an appeal, Glasgow will charge him with the murder of Stacy Peterson, his fourth wife, who has been missing since 2007. In the conversations played in court Tuesday, Peterson says, "Stacy's still alive running around out there," though Smith, his former cellmate, testified on Monday that Peterson told him in another conversation that he had killed her, People reports. If Peterson is convicted of solicitation of murder for hire, he could get another 60 years added to his sentence. (Read more Drew Peterson stories.)

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