Drew Peterson Gets 38 Years for Wife's Death

Published 02/21 2013 03:58PM

Updated 02/21 2013 04:00PM

Former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The ruling came just a couple hours after Judge Edward Burmila denied a motion by defense attorneys to give the former cop a new trial and essentially means Peterson, 59, will spend the rest of his life in custody.

"I pray that during the last minutes of his life, he is able to clearly see her and she is watching his dissension into hell," Savio's brother, Henry, told the judge.

Peterson was found guilty in September of murdering Savio. He is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but has not been charged in that case.

In reading his statement prior to being sentenced, Peterson told the court he was forced to sit silent during his entire trial. He then screamed into a courtroom microphone: "I did not kill Kathleen."

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