Peterson faces up to 60-year sentence in wife's death
JOLIET – Drew Peterson, the crass former Illinois police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger wife vanished in 2007, was convicted Thursday of murdering a previous wife in a potentially precedent-setting case centered on secondhand hearsay statements.
Peterson, 58, sat stoically looking straight ahead and did not react as the judge announced jurors had found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Her relatives gasped, then fell into each other's arms and cried.
Illinois has no death penalty, and Peterson now faces a maximum 60-year prison term when he is sentenced Nov. 26.
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