Drew Peterson sentenced to 38 years in prison

Posted at 4:55 PM, Feb 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-21 18:47:56-05

(WGN) — 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.

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!”

Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson

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.”