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Drew Peterson Guilty of Murder

Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson was convicted in 2012 of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio.

Savio was found dead in a dry bath tub in her home in 2004, just before the estranged couple was to begin a bitter divorce court proceeding.

Drew Peterson remains a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy who has been missing since October 2007.

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A judge has sentenced Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Peterson, 59, was convicted last fall of murdering Savio in 2004.

Drew Peterson to get sentenced or retrialJudge Burmila denied his request for a retrial early Thursday afternoon, and went straight into the sentencing hearing.

During his sentencing, Peterson was given the chance to speak.

He started off by saying, “Good day, my name is Drew Peterson, I hope I don’t aggravate the situation.” Then he screamed, “I did not kill Kathleen!”

A family member of Savio’s yelled back, “Yes you did!” The family member was removed from the courtroom by the judge.

Peterson apologized to the judge by saying he must have been whoozy, he complained that the state police set him up. Judge Burmila warned him against any more outburst.

Peterson then said, “I loved Kathy(Savio), she was a good mom, she kept a nice home , she did not deserve to die. She had an accident.”

At the end of his speech, Drew Peterson looked directly at Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and said, “Never forget my face. I don’t deserve this.

Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, his fourth wife.

He has not been charged in that case.

Drew Peterson’s defense team speaks to media after sentencing

Former Peterson lawyer Joel Brodsky speaks to media after sentencing

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasglow talks to media after Drew Peterson sentencing

A judge has decided there will be no new trial for Drew Peterson. The sentencing phase has now begun.

During his sentencing, Peterson was given the chance to speak. He started of by saying, “Good day, my name is Drew Peterson, I hope I don’t aggravate the situation.” Then he screamed, “I did not kill Kathleen!”

A family member of Savio’s yelled back, “Yes you did!” The family member was removed from the courtroom by the judge.

Peterson then apologized to the judge by saying he must have been whoozy, he complained that the state police set him up. Judge Burmila warned him against any more outburst.

Earlier, Judge Burmila said, “In my opinion the defendant has failed to show Mr. Brodsky prevented him from receiving a fair trial.”

Peterson was convicted last fall of murdering Kathleen Savio.

But, his attorneys have been arguing he didn’t receive a fair trial.

They claimed lead attorney Joel Brodsky wasn’t ethical, and made a huge mistake by calling Harry Smith as a witness. Smith was Savio’s divorce attorney.

Some jurors said Smith’s testimony worked against Peterson, and helped them convict him.

Brodsky believes he’s being made a “scapegoat,” and insists he made an effective case.

Peterson is facing up to 60 years in prison.

 

Drew Peterson is looking at anywhere between 20 and 60 years in prison.

But He’s hoping to defeat slim chances and get a new trial.

His new defense team is throwing his former attorney under the bus to get it.

For the past two days, the defense has argued that Peterson did not get a fair trial because his attorney Joel Brodsky was incompetent and botched the case.

Brodsky left the defense team a few months after Peterson was convicted last fall of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio.

In its bid for a new trial, Peterson’s current legal team has hammered away at Brodsky’s character by putting on several witnesses who have questioned his ethics and his legal decision making.

“I believe that under these circumstances, Mr. Brodsky’s representation was prejudicial to Mr. Peterson,” said retired judge Daniel Locallo.

Brodsky has been in court for both days of proceedings.

He took the stand to defend himself and stands by the case that he put on.

“There was no ineffective assistance that I saw anywhere in that case, period, end of story.  Drew got a good defense.  Unfortunately, the jury didn’t see it the way we did,” said Brodsky.

If the Judge denies Peterson’s request for a new trial, a sentencing hearing will begin immediately.

Peterson reportedly plans to make a statement to the court if that happens.

Prosecutors are asking for the maximum sentence, which is 60 years.

“Even if he gets the minimum 20 years, that’s technically life for him because he’s an old man,” said Cassandra Cales, sister of Peterson’s missing wife, Stacy.

Drew Peterson’s fate is in the hands of a judge.

The judge expected to rule tomorrow on Peterson’s bid for a retrial.

His new defense team spent two days painting Peterson’s ex-attorney Joel Brodsky as incompetent.

If Peterson is denied a new trial, he’ll be sentenced for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

He faces up to 60-years in prison.

It’s decision day for Drew Peterson.

He is expected to find out Wednesday if he will receive a new trial, or be sentenced to prison for murdering his third wife.

Peterson was convicted last fall of killing Kathleen Savio. But, his attorneys are arguing he didn’t receive a fair trial.

They are claiming lead attorney Joel Brodsky wasn’t ethical, and made a monster mistake by calling Harry Smith as a witness. Smith was Savio’s divorce attorney. Some jurors said Smith’s testimony worked against Peterson, and helped them convict him.

Retired judge Daniel Locallo took the stand on Wednesday on whether Peterson should get a new trial. He was expected to claim Brodsky did indeed make a serious blunder by calling Smith.

Peterson could be sentenced Wednesday if a new trial is denied. He is facing up to 60 years in prison.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story

Day one of the Drew Peterson retrial hearing looked more like the trial of Joel Brodsky.

Peterson’s new defense is trying to get him a new trial after he was convicted last year of murdering his ex-wife Kathleen Savio.

The defense is arguing that Brodsky’s bad performance and lack of ethics cost Peterson his freedom.

They called Brodsky as a witness Tuesday, but he took the stand reluctantly.

Brodsky was expected to be asked why he had Peterson’s divorce attorney testify at his trial, but that issue never came up.

Instead he was asked about the fees he charged media outlets for coverage.

Brodsky said ABC paid $10,000 in licensing fees for photos and video, a publisher paid $5,900 for a book deal, and a TV-studio paid $15,000 for a movie.

The defense then argued that Brodsky operated under a conflict of interest because he hired a publicity agent.

“This is their post-trial motion,” Brodsky asked outside the Will County Courthouse.  “This is Drew’s last chance before going to prison for probably the rest of his life?  It’s not very impressive.”

On Wednesday, a retired Cook County judge is expected to testify that calling Peterson’s divorce attorney as a witness was the worst thing Brodsky did during the trial.

Harry Smith testified that Stacy Peterson told him that Drew Peterson was responsible for Savio’s death.

State’s Attorney James Glasgow called the testimony, “A gift from God.”

Several jurors also credited it for clinching the murder conviction.

Peterson now faces up to 60 years in prison.

His sentencing hearing could begin immediately, if he’s denied a new trial.

Drew Peterson’s appeal of his murder conviction puts his former lead lawyer on the stand.

Peterson’s new team attacked Joel Brodsky’s character, ethics and competence, arguing he botched the case.

Brodsky denies it all.

The hearing resumes tomorrow and if the judge doesn’t grant a new trial, Peterson will be sentenced for the killing of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

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