*Update* Wawczak pleads guilty to battery of Drew Peterson

By Danya Hooker
dhooker@mysuburbanlife.com

Drew Peterson’s former friend Len Wawczak pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a July 25 altercation between the two men.

Wawczak appeared in local court at the Bolingbrook Police Department for violating a local battery ordinance, Sgt. John Sullivan said. Wawczak pleaded guilty in front of Will County Judge Ray Nash. Drew Peterson did not attend the hearing.

Sullivan said he expects the country to release the disposition of the hearing, including sentencing, sometime the next few days.

Wawczak was arrested July 25 in the parking lot outside of Hyroglyphics, 356 N. Schmidt Road, a Bolingbrook barbershop Wawczak’s adult son was patronizing when Peterson walked in.

At the time, Wawczak said his son called him and said Peterson was giving him menacing looks. The phone call came just days after Wawczak and his wife, Paula Stark, told reporters that they had worn police-issued wires to secretly record private conversations with the former Bolingbrook police sergeant, who is the sole suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

Wawczak went to the barbershop to confront Peterson about harassing his son and also about claims that Peterson had bragged to a reporter about sleeping with Stark. Wawczak said he found Peterson in the parking lot and told him to stay away from his from family. He later admitted to twice pushing Peterson, who remained calm throughout the argument and asked bystanders to call police.

Both men went voluntarily to the Bolingbrook police station. After interviewing witnesses, Peterson and Wawczak, police charged Wawczak with misdemeanor battery. He was later released on $100 bond.
Afterward, Wawczak expressed no regrets about the incident.

“I did all right I think,” Wawczak said after his release from the Bolingbrook police department. “It was the best $100 I ever spent.”

Wawczak also predicted that Peterson would be arrested and charged with murder by the Sept. 10 court date.
Police are investigating the Oct. 28 disappearance of Stacy Peterson and also the March 2004 death of Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson has denied any involvement in the cases and has not been charged in either case.

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