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City Lights

(25,171 posts)
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:44 PM Feb 2013

Peterson gets 38 years after screaming, 'I did not kill Kathleen'

Source: Chicago Tribune

Peterson gets 38 years after screaming, 'I did not kill Kathleen'
By Matthew Walberg and Steve Schmadeke Tribune reporters

4:27 p.m. CST, February 21, 2013

Moments after screaming in court, "I did not kill Kathleen," Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

Peterson had faced as much as 60 years, but Judge Edward Burmila said he gave Peterson some consideration for his years as a police officer and his service in the military. Peterson is 59.

The sentence was handed down after Peterson, who did not testify at his trial, made an emotional appeal to the judge, at times appearing to choke up as he argued that he was convicted by "rumors, gossip, outrageous lies and, most importantly, unreliable hearsay."

"I don't deserve this," he told Burmila. "I don't deserve this."

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, was convicted last fall of drowning Savio in her bathtub.

Peterson began his appeal to the judge today by telling him, "Good day, my name is Drew Peterson. I hope I don't aggravate the situation here, but I have a lot of things to be said." Then he screamed, "I did not kill Kathleen!"

"Yes, you did," a woman said.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-drew-peterson-sentence-20130221,0,1883440.story

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Peterson gets 38 years after screaming, 'I did not kill Kathleen' (Original Post) City Lights Feb 2013 OP
Hey Drew chuckstevens Feb 2013 #1
Judge Edward Burmila said he gave Peterson some consideration for his years as a police officer Kalidurga Feb 2013 #2
It's probably a life sentence anyway BainsBane Feb 2013 #4
I realize that, but it really is the principal of the sentence. Kalidurga Feb 2013 #5
absolutely BainsBane Feb 2013 #6
+1000 - excellent assessment! nt Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #15
Oh, come on Orrex Feb 2013 #24
i agree wholeheartedly.. frylock Feb 2013 #9
Yes, you're right. wickerwoman Feb 2013 #17
I agree also. Reducing this sentence due to previous police/military service is despicable. Owl Feb 2013 #23
Good thing he narrowed that down. Maybe he should have added, "OR STACY!" n/t Bossy Monkey Feb 2013 #3
At least he might not be able to kill wife no 4, it was never going to stop. Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #7
He DID kill liberalhistorian Feb 2013 #21
Sorry you are right, I lost count. Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #29
Please tell me they won't let him out while he appeals. Ken Burch Feb 2013 #8
I doubt it Drale Feb 2013 #27
this dick's final statement makes christopher dorner look positively lucid frylock Feb 2013 #10
This guy deserved life LeftInTX Feb 2013 #11
He has a life sentence. He is 59 and received 38 years. RebelOne Feb 2013 #18
"I'm an obnoxious man by nature, truly." City Lights Feb 2013 #12
Good. musette_sf Feb 2013 #13
deserve's got nothing to do with it... KG Feb 2013 #14
At line from the Unforgiven... awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #22
I am troubled by the events of this trial Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #16
Well, they are testifying under oath TexasBushwhacker Feb 2013 #30
The problem is that people testifying, even under oath, Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #31
I wish there was a hell so that asshole Zoeisright Feb 2013 #19
Wow I thought this was Michael Peterson. XanaDUer Feb 2013 #20
I don't think a person on earth thinks he didn't do it. And this just reinforces that opinion. nolabear Feb 2013 #25
He did that to himself Drale Feb 2013 #28
The man is a psychopath. Beacool Feb 2013 #26
Prick did it but they railroaded him AngryAmish Feb 2013 #32
 

chuckstevens

(1,201 posts)
1. Hey Drew
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:48 PM
Feb 2013

You're not so cocky and arrogant now, are you? Finally, justice for Kathleen. Now how about some justice for Stacy?

Kalidurga

(14,177 posts)
2. Judge Edward Burmila said he gave Peterson some consideration for his years as a police officer
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:48 PM
Feb 2013

...and his service in the military. Really??? I would have been inclined to double the 60 years for that. A police officer that breaks the law IMO is worse than a gang member who shoots someone over drugs. And someone in the military has also taken a kind of a vow to protect the people in this country so they should also be held to a higher standard than your average person on the street that may or may not have had as many opportunities in life to care about their fellow humans.

BainsBane

(53,304 posts)
4. It's probably a life sentence anyway
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:57 PM
Feb 2013

Given his age. Being a cop in prison will shorten his life expectancy.

Kalidurga

(14,177 posts)
5. I realize that, but it really is the principal of the sentence.
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:00 PM
Feb 2013

Why do people of privilege routinely get lighter sentences. I am sorry but if you are given better tools in life you should be judged more harshly not less harshly than someone that comes from a more brutal background.

Orrex

(63,552 posts)
24. Oh, come on
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:34 PM
Feb 2013

He was a cop for how many years? And he only brutally murdered his wife once in all that time

Obviously a case should be made for leniency. Hell, he's practically a hero, with those odds!

frylock

(34,825 posts)
9. i agree wholeheartedly..
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:14 PM
Feb 2013

if someone can have their sentence doubled for killing an officer of the law, the same should apply to figures of authority that abuse their position. these fuckers should be held to a higher standard.

wickerwoman

(5,662 posts)
17. Yes, you're right.
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:38 PM
Feb 2013

Someone whom society has invested in training with certain skills (i.e. use of force) and has placed a level of trust and power in should be held to a higher standard for when they use those skills.

liberalhistorian

(20,832 posts)
21. He DID kill
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:26 PM
Feb 2013

wife number four; that was Stacy, whose body has never been found. He is nothing but pure slime. Being a police officer, he knew how to get away with a murder and how to make someone disappear cleanly. He almost got away with Kathleen's murder; her death was not ruled a homicide at first.

RebelOne

(30,947 posts)
18. He has a life sentence. He is 59 and received 38 years.
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:55 PM
Feb 2013

He will die in prison unless he lives to be 97 when his term is up.

City Lights

(25,171 posts)
12. "I'm an obnoxious man by nature, truly."
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:26 PM
Feb 2013

What an understatement! Local teevee news says his rant went on for 40 minutes!

 

awoke_in_2003

(34,582 posts)
22. At line from the Unforgiven...
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:28 PM
Feb 2013

Is what went through my head, too.

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Hmm, bad cop (sheriff) in that one, too.
 

Kelvin Mace

(17,469 posts)
16. I am troubled by the events of this trial
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:32 PM
Feb 2013

While I believe the man is guilty, I wonder about the propriety of passing a law to specifically allow hearsay evidence when the prosecution can prove the witness was killed to prevent their testimony.

That just seems to open up a hell of a loophole for prosecutors.

TexasBushwhacker

(20,488 posts)
30. Well, they are testifying under oath
Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:28 AM
Feb 2013

and it does address the issue of murdering witnesses. But there was also a guy who testified that Drew offered him $25K to find someone to kill Savio.

 

Kelvin Mace

(17,469 posts)
31. The problem is that people testifying, even under oath,
Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:24 AM
Feb 2013

have later been found out to have lied, usually with little consequence. Jail house snitches have the most incentive to lie, as they always have.

For example, in this case, who was the guy who testified about being offered money to kill Savio? What is his background?

While it may seem (and may actually be) a cut and dried issue in this case, it is a very disturbing precedent to have the legislature directly interfere in a criminal investigation and trial by rushing through a law designed specifically to aid the prosecution of one person.

This law stacks the deck yet again against defendants and will be abused to ensure conviction, quite probably of innocent people.

The admissibility of the hearsay testimony hinges on proving a witness was killed to prevent their testimony, but this creates a completely different standard of evidence for that crime, one much lower than the usual requirements (a jury trial, discovery, etc). In this case, if I understand correctly, the court has found that Savio was killed to prevent her testifying, yet her husband has not been charged with the crime, nor has anyone else.

nolabear

(42,211 posts)
25. I don't think a person on earth thinks he didn't do it. And this just reinforces that opinion.
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:49 PM
Feb 2013

Creepy, creepy guy. Referring to your dead wife's body as "fresh evidence" is just...

Drale

(7,932 posts)
28. He did that to himself
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:17 PM
Feb 2013

when he did his little media play. Blago did the same this with his media tour.

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