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Former Illinois cop Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
In 2004, Savio’s body was found in her bathtub and ruled an accident. When Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing in 2007, authorities realized Savio was murdered.
Moments before the ruling, Peterson screamed, “I did not kill Kathleen!” to the courtroom. ABC News reports that Will County Judge Edward Burmila could have given Peterson 60 years in prison, but only sentenced him to 38.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a woman yelled out, “Yes, you did,” in response to Peterson’s denial of killing his third wife. Judge Burmila asked the woman to leave the courtroom and told Peterson to not make “any outbursts that are designed to aggravate people.”
Peterson blamed the media for his conviction and stated that he was a victim of “rumors, gossip, outrageous lies, and most importantly, unreliable hearsay.”
Savio’s family is still grieving over the loss of Kathleen. Her sister, Anna Marie Savio-Doman, stated, “My loss of my baby sister is beyond words. There will be no more birthday parties, backyard gatherings, holiday celebrations or other family activities to share. The laughter, hugs, guidance, advice, sense of security and those opportunities to say, ‘I love you’ are forever gone.”
Cassandra Cales, Drew Peterson’s sister, had a much simpler message to send. She stated, “Game over, Drew. He can wipe the smirk off his face. It’s time to pay.”