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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:44 PM

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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Reply Peterson gets 38 years after screaming, 'I did not kill Kathleen' (Original post)
City Lights Feb 2013 OP
chuckstevens Feb 2013 #1
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #2
BainsBane Feb 2013 #4
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #5
BainsBane Feb 2013 #6
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #15
Orrex Feb 2013 #24
frylock Feb 2013 #9
wickerwoman Feb 2013 #17
Owl Feb 2013 #23
Bossy Monkey Feb 2013 #3
Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #7
liberalhistorian Feb 2013 #21
Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #29
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #8
Drale Feb 2013 #27
frylock Feb 2013 #10
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #11
RebelOne Feb 2013 #18
City Lights Feb 2013 #12
musette_sf Feb 2013 #13
KG Feb 2013 #14
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #22
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #16
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2013 #30
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #31
Zoeisright Feb 2013 #19
XanaDUer Feb 2013 #20
nolabear Feb 2013 #25
Drale Feb 2013 #28
Beacool Feb 2013 #26
AngryAmish Feb 2013 #32

Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:48 PM

1. Hey Drew

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

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:48 PM

2. Judge Edward Burmila said he gave Peterson some consideration for his years as a police officer

...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.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:57 PM

4. It's probably a life sentence anyway

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

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:00 PM

5. I realize that, but it really is the principal of the sentence.

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.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:03 PM

6. absolutely

While African-Americans are far more likely to get the death penalty.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:20 PM

15. +1000 - excellent assessment! nt

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:34 PM

24. Oh, come on

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!

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:14 PM

9. i agree wholeheartedly..

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.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:38 PM

17. Yes, you're right.

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.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:33 PM

23. I agree also. Reducing this sentence due to previous police/military service is despicable.

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:52 PM

3. Good thing he narrowed that down. Maybe he should have added, "OR STACY!" n/t

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:07 PM

7. At least he might not be able to kill wife no 4, it was never going to stop.

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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:26 PM

21. He DID kill

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.

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Response to liberalhistorian (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:43 PM

29. Sorry you are right, I lost count.

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:08 PM

8. Please tell me they won't let him out while he appeals.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:14 PM

27. I doubt it

since he's been sitting in prison since his arrest like 2 years ago.

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:22 PM

10. this dick's final statement makes christopher dorner look positively lucid

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:24 PM

11. This guy deserved life

He was bad to the core.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:55 PM

18. He has a life sentence. He is 59 and received 38 years.

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

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:26 PM

12. "I'm an obnoxious man by nature, truly."

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

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:43 PM

13. Good.

Maybe now he'll be motivated to cough up the truth about Stacy.

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:04 PM

14. deserve's got nothing to do with it...

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Response to KG (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:28 PM

22. At line from the Unforgiven...

Is what went through my head, too.

http://m.

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

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:32 PM

16. I am troubled by the events of this trial

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.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:28 AM

30. Well, they are testifying under oath

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.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:24 AM

31. The problem is that people testifying, even under oath,

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.

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:58 PM

19. I wish there was a hell so that asshole

would burn in it.

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:16 PM

20. Wow I thought this was Michael Peterson.

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:49 PM

25. I don't think a person on earth thinks he didn't do it. And this just reinforces that opinion.

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

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Response to nolabear (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:17 PM

28. He did that to himself

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

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:07 PM

26. The man is a psychopath.

I'm glad that eh won't be around to kill wife number 5.

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Response to City Lights (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:39 AM

32. Prick did it but they railroaded him

That hearsay law is pure bullshit.

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