Drew Peterson sentenced to 40 years in murder-for-hire plot

CHESTER, Ill. — Former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday in a murder-for-hire case.

Jurors agreed in May that Peterson attempted to hire a fellow inmate’s uncle to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. Glasgow had served as the prosecutor in the 2012 case where Peterson was found guilty in the killing of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

"The sentence handed down today by Judge Richard Brown sends a clear message that convicted criminals will be punished severely if they attempt to take revenge on the prosecutors who have placed them behind bars for their crimes," Glasgow said in a statement.

Susan Damon, the Kathleen Savio's sister, was the first to speak after the sentence was pronounced.

“The jury saw the truth, they saw who he really was,” Damon said.

At his sentencing for killing Savio, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant began his statement by screaming: “I did not kill Kathleen!”

Peterson is already serving a 38-year sentence in Savio’s death and will now serve 40 more years behind bars.

"Any sentence was a death sentence to him because on top of the other 38 years so 20 would have been fine, 40 is great," said Cassandra Cales, the sister of Peterson's missing fourth wife, Stacy, after the sentence was handed down.