Drew Peterson cries out, “I did not kill Kathleen!” but is sentenced to 38 years in prison

UPDATE 03:37:

Judge Burmila begins to hand down the sentence. He won’t consider Stacy Peterson disappearance (Peterson could still be charged with this). “This crime happened by stealth.” “It had to have been planned in advance.” Judge notes that Peterson showed no remorse and did not take responsibility for Savio’s death. Burmila on sentencing: “It’s not an exact science. The court is not Solomon.” “This sentence must be served in its entirety.” Burmila sentenced Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison. Judge says Drew Peterson will get credit for 4 years served but will serve 100% of his sentence.

UPDATE 03:01:

Drew Peterson shouts: “I DID NOT KILL KATHLEEN!” Peterson outburst shocks the courtroom. Peterson says “I’ve been forced to sit silent.” Judge throws out a Savio relative after she says yells back “Yes, you did!” Peterson says prosecutors and police officers falsified, lost evidence in one of the most expensive investigations in county history. Peterson complaining of false police reports, “rumors, gossip, outrageous lies and most importantly, unreliable hearsay.” Peterson said Schori promised him and Stacy “anything we talked about would remain personal and private and would never be repeated.” Peterson says the courts violated the clergy privilege by revealing info from counseling session. Judge ruled otherwise. Peterson : “Hearsay’s a scary thing.” “Nobody’s accountable for the truth.” Peterson’s voice is quivering as he speaks. He sounds angry. Peterson says evidence used to convict him were “all statements made by women who were trying to better position themselves.” In divorce, “everybody lies. And everybody lies basically under the instructions of their own attorneys.” Peterson choking back tears as he recalls his kids telling him that they lied to protect their mom in a court hearing a decade ago. Peterson calls both Kathleen and Stacy liars. Says that Stacy had a crush on Rev. Neil Schori. Peterson now criticizing prosecutors for using a “skinny-butt” spokesperson — a family friend of Stacy Peterson’s – as a mouthpiece. Peterson says all this went on “under the eyes and nose” of the court. Peterson is now going through autopsy results, reminding the judge that a coroner’s jury determined Savio’s was an accident. Peterson just asked for a glass of water. Peterson says he “may be redundant with a lot of things, but I need to say them.” Peterson says authorities took “an accident and staged a homicide.” Peterson on his time as a cop: “My conduct was exemplary.” Says he was probably one of the highest decorated officers. Peterson still talking in court, There’s no time limit for him so he’s going through all the trial arguments. Peterson says “I was viewed as a great guy and in moments the media turned me into a monster.” Peterson says that as soon as he’s able he’s getting a shoulder-to-shoulder tattoo that reads “no good deed goes unpunished.” Peterson says he loved Kathy Savio, she didn’t deserve to die. She was a good mom, kept a nice home. And then he starts trashing her. Peterson says Kathy Savio was emotionally unstable from a childhood filled with physical and sexual abuse. Peterson says Kathy cried on their wedding night because her dad didn’t show up to walk her down the aisle. Peterson say he paid for Kathy Savio’s funeral, prompting a family member to shout: “That’s a lie, right there!” Peterson on Dr. Baden: “He cut off the head of the mother of my children …” voice rising, rest inaudible. Peterson talks, three family members are listening in the overflow room after being tossed from courtroom. Peterson : “Mr. Glasgow, all aspects of my life have been destroyed and I tell you this to give you greater cause for celebration when you celebrate the fact that you perpetrated the largest railroad job that ever took place in this country.” “Anything you sentence me to, you’re sentencing me to the Department of Corrections to die.” Peterson says he “can’t believe he spent 32 years defending the constitution that allowed this to happen to me. “America should be outraged but nobody cares.” “I take full responsibility for my relationship with the media.” “I agreed to go on national TV to tell my side of the story.” “It’s pretty clear the state took part in that movie.” He calls Nancy Grace a “busy body”. “I am an obnoxious man by nature…and my defense mechanism is comedy.” Peterson in closing: “I don’t deserve this.” Peterson tells Glasgow to look him in they eye.

UPDATE 02:07:

Joe Lopez now arguing for Drew Peterson. No matter what sentence Drew Peterson gets, it won’t deter spouses from fighting and killing each other. “These things have been going on since the birth of man.” He points to Chicago’s murder rate as proof. “Even the minimum sentence puts him at the end of the spectrum of his life.” Drew Peterson sentence won’t deter others from domestic violence: “There’s commandments about it as old as Moses.” Drew has no prior criminal history as a child. Drew has led a law-abiding life until the moment he was convicted. Peterson has done some good things in life. He worked for Burger King as a teen, worked at a shoe store. Joined the Army. Lopez points out letters of recommendation, including one from 1994 by Glasgow’s office commending Drew Peterson and others for police work. Lopez tells judge that Drew put his life on the line as a cop. “That has to count for something,” he says. Regarding fight between Drew Peterson and Savio witnessed by Drew’s son Eric, “It takes two to tango.” “Drew loved his children more than he hated any of the women he was with.” Peterson has maintained “since Day One” that Savio’s death was an accident. Still no physical evidence. there is nothing in the record that would indicate “this” would happen again. An excessive sentence would be a hardship to Drew Peterson ‘s children. The court must punish Drew, but asks the judge not punish his children even more than they have been. Drew has twice been treated for skin cancer since his May 2009 arrest. Our lives have changed because of the media coverage. … People in the other room are tweeting about what I’m saying.” In Drew’s “private life things weren’t that good.” But in his public life “he did do good things.” Peterson might not have been the best husband in the world. Lopez asks for sentence closer to 20 years.

UPDATE 01:52:

Glasgow about to make his recommendation for Drew Peterson sentencing. He asks judge to take into consideration the fact that another judge found Drew likely killed Stacy Peterson too. Glasgow tells judge “the unconditional love that the children need from their parents has been ripped from them.” Glasgow says Drew’s actions denied four children of their mothers — and now their father, too. Reminds judge that Drew’s second wife testified at an earlier hearing about suffering abuse during their marriage. Glasgow also mentions testimony from Drew Peterson’s son, Eric, about how Peterson attacked Savio. He asks the judge to recall Drew Peterson soliciting a potential hit man to kill Savio. Drew Peterson received financial gain after Savio’s death. “The compensation was enormous.” Peterson is pathological and could kill again if he was set free. Drew Peterson orchestrated the finding of Savio’s body, and was interviewed “on friendly terms” by police. Police officer is the most noble profession in society. “But Drew Peterson violated it at the highest level.” This sentence needs to send a very strong message, that this will not be tolerated. Defense will argue for leniency because of his police service. Prosecutors say it should be harsher because society trusted Drew. Glasgow asks for sentence in “higher range” of 20-60 years.

UPDATE 01:44:

Drew Peterson’s ex-brother-in-law Henry Savio Jr. is now reading his statement. “Drew Peterson murdered my sister, Kathleen. He took away a mother, a sister and a friend. My sister always wanted children. She always wanted to be a mother. The relationship with her kids, Tom and Kris, was destroyed because Drew Peterson did not allow us to be in their lives. Drew Peterson broke into her house. He terrorized her. He brutalized her. And then he drowned her. It makes me sick to know that he was the last person she ever saw”
Henry Savio says he will mend his relationship with Kathleen’s boys while Drew Peterson is “rotting away in jail.”
“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. He took Kathleen’s future and now she has taken his. She was afraid of Drew Peterson, but I know in her last hours she stood up to him.”

UPDATE 01:38:

Kathleen Savio’s sister, Susan Doman, now reading her victim impact statement. “I can hardly stand the pain at times. The thought of the last night of her life will always be with me. My sister Kathleen was my rock through my life. I always looked up to her even though she was younger than me. She told me we were family, and no one could take that away.” Doman is in tears on the stand.
“She had a big heart for her family. She did not deserve to be brutally murdered. During the divorce she lived in fear, and I knew the defendant would kill her one day. She only wanted to live in peace and go on with her life. The defendant took that away…He shows no remorse. Drew took everything away from Kathleen when he decided to take her life. This was a big joke to him, and he loved all the attention.”
Susan Doman asks Judge Burmila to give her sister justice “once and for all.”

UPDATE 01:33:

Kathleen Savio’s sister, Anna Marie Doman, now on the stand to deliver her victim impact statement. “Kathleen Savio was my baby sister. She will never see…her own boys have families of their own. Our family is forever broken. I still can’t believe I will never hug her or hear her voice again. I still talk to her. I sure hope she can hear me.”

UPDATE 01:08:

Restaurateur Jeff Ruby has arrived in his steakhouse bus. He is in the hallway of the courthouse but sheriffs are not sure he can be allowed inside after the contempt of court charge he received for mouthing words at Drew Peterson during the trial. “I didn’t drive all the way out here to not be allowed in,” he says.
Court is in session.
Judge Burmilla says he has read all submitted documents. He says that conversation between Rev. Schori and Stacy was not covered by clergy privilege. Says that Drew Peterson sought publicity on his own. Not unreasonable for Peterson and Brodsky to seek media attention pre-indictment. Drew Peterson clearly shares part of the blame for Brodsky entering into media contract.
Burmila says it was clear to him from the very beginning that Brodsky was not capable of defending Drew Peterson on his own. But that does not mean Drew Peterson did not get the vigorous defense he was entitled to from his entire legal team.
The judge rules no new trial for Drew Peterson.

UPDATE 09:55:

Press Release from the State’s Attorney’s office:

Update: Drew Peterson Sentencing Thursday, February 21

Judge Edward Burmila will rule on the defense post-trial motion for a new trial in People V. Peterson at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 21. If he denies the motion, the case will proceed to sentencing. After Judge Burmila announces a sentence:

• The press is asked to go to Joliet City Hall for a post-sentencing news conference. We will begin the conference roughly 30-45 minutes after a sentence is announced.
• State’s Attorney Glasgow and his trial team will be available to make a statement, discuss the case and answer media questions.
• Kathleen Savio’s and Stacy Peterson’s family members will be available for comments as well as possibly other witnesses from the trial.

Joliet City Hall is located at 150 W. Jefferson Street
One block west of the Will County Courthouse

State’s Attorney Glasgow once again would like to thank Mayor Tom Giarrante and City Manager Tom Thanas for allowing us to bring this news conference indoors to the newly remodeled City Council Chambers.
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306 thoughts on “Drew Peterson cries out, “I did not kill Kathleen!” but is sentenced to 38 years in prison

  1. I’m going go out on a limb, and say that Drew will be sentenced today! Not a snowball’s chance in hell that he will get a new trial.

    Let’s Roll! 🙂

  2. Ruth Ravve ‏@RuthRavve

    #DrewPeterson Prosecutor likely to mention DP killed Stacy Peterson in claim to judge that DP should get maximum sentence of 60 yrs

  3. I was thinking about how one of the lawyers was saying yesterday that Judge Burmila was angry about Harry Smith “lying” when he took the stand.

    All I can say is if that was the case, why didn’t he grant the jury instruction that Joel asked for? Judge Burmila refused to do it saying that if the defense thought Smith was being deceptive on the stand that they should have questioned him about it.

  4. Which lawyer said that Burmilla was angry? If it was one of the Dream Team, I would think this is just more white noise in an attempt to bolster their pitiful position.

  5. Sarah Schulte ‏@SchulteABC7

    #DrewPeterson may be sentenced exactly 5 years after Kathleen Savio’s death was ruled a homicide.

    Wow! I didn’t even realize that! Poetic Justice!

  6. Facs….if Greenberg or Lopez said it, then I’d definitely say WHITE NOISE. Ignore them.

    They are trying every angle they can — INCLUDING calling on a retired judge to question the competency of a sitting judge — in order to get ANYONE to see things their way.

    Not working.

  7. Looking at the calendar……………..we are just one week from the 9th anniversary Kathleen’s death – March 1, 2004.

  8. Geez, Harley, you’re right! I thought you meant Kathy’s death, but that was March 1, 2004.

    Thank goodness we have people like Facs and ACandyRose who diligently preserve the facts of the case against both Kathleen and Stacy.

    From ACandyRose’s site:

    February 21, 2008 (suburbanchicagonews.com)

    “The news left Peterson dumbfounded. “You’re kidding me,” said the embattled ex-cop moments after the results of the autopsy conducted on his third wife, Kathleen Savio, were released. “Unbelievable,” he said. “That’s hard to believe.” He then excused himself, saying, “I got to make a bunch of calls.” He said he is prepared to go to jail if the police show up at his door to arrest him. “Let them do it,” Peterson said. “Everything’s ready. Everything’s in place. “Let them do their thing,” he added, almost daring police and prosecutors to pull the trigger on charges. “The thing is, do what you got to do,” he said defiantly. “You roll the dice, I’ll roll the dice.”

    The dice has been rolled. You lose. Today, five years to the day from the proclamation that Kathy was murdered, you sit in the courthouse awaiting your sentence. Boy, if that ain’t Karma for ya!

    Are you really ready, Drew? How about your kids? Are they ready to see you behind bars for the rest of their lives? Bet you didn’t bank on this outcome when you robbed them of their mother.

    I hope that the children of both Kathleen and Stacy will one day know the truth — about their father; about their mothers and especially about the love that has been stolen from them from their mother’s families.

    These families have kept vigil. They will one day receive their vindication……and you can take that to the bank, Drew.

  9. Ha ha ha. Love me some Jeff Ruby. And the picture of the back of the bus might indicate an invitation to DP to kiss his ass. I love layers of meaning 😉

  10. lol@ carol

    He would probably be better off not mentioning his police career. That only makes what he did even worse.

  11. The Herald-News @Joliet_HN
    Burmila: #DrewPeterson clearly shares part of the blame for Brodsky entering into media contract.

    Burmila: it was clear to me from the very beginning that Brodsky was not capable of defending #DrewPeterson on his own.

  12. She will never see…her own boys have families of their own, Doman says. Our family is forever broken. #Drewpeterson

  13. “I still talk to her. I sure hope she can hear me.” – Anna Marie Savio-Doman on her sister, Kathleen Savio #DrewPeterson

  14. Burmilla’s comment regarding Joel’s competency speaks volumes. Joel wasn’t fit to handle this case on his own……and he didn’t. Zing to both Brodsky and Greenberg.

    Flames licking at your feet yet, Drew?

  15. Does anyone here know if any news stations in the area will be live streaming the press conference that the State Attorney’s office is having at City Hall after court today?

    There’s nothing on our news stations here in California.

  16. “The thought of the last night of her life will always be with me.” – Susan Doman on her sister, Kathleen Savio. #DrewPeterson

  17. Susan Doman: “My sister Kathleen was my rock through my life. I always looked up to her even though she was younger than me.” #DrewPeterson

  18. “She only wanted ot live in peace and go on with her life. The defendant took that away…He shows no remorse,” Sue Doman says.

  19. Henry Savio: relationship with Savio’s kids, Tom and Kris, was destroyed because #DrewPeterson did not allow them to be in their lives.

  20. Henry Savio on #DrewPeterson: “He broke into her house. He terrorized her. He brutalized her. And then he drowned her.”

  21. Glasgow tells judge “the unconditional love that the children need from their parents has been ripped from them.” #DrewPeterson

  22. Glasgow: #DrewPeterson orchestrated the finding of Savio’s body, and was interviewed “on friendly terms” by police

  23. Glasgow says we place our trust in police. “It’s very rarely violated, but #DrewPeterson violated it at the highest level.”

  24. Glasgow: A sentence has to be imposed on #DrewPeterson so that he is never, ever back in society to wreak the havoc that he has wreaked

  25. Lopez says “These things have been going on since the birth of man,” arguing a high sentence for #DrewPeterson won’t deter others.

  26. Atty Joseph Lopez: No matter what sentence #DrewPeterson gets, it won’t deter spouses from fighting and killing each other.

  27. Lopez arguing #DrewPeterson sentence won’t deter others from domestic violence: “There’s commandments about it as old as Moses.”

  28. Lopez: #DrewPeterson has done some good things in life. He worked for Burger King as a teen, worked at a shoe store. Joined the Army.

  29. Lopez points out letters of recommendation, including one from 1994 by Glasgow’s office commending #DrewPeterson and others for police work.

  30. Lopez: “Mr. Peterson was a good police officer, rose through the ranks. When he retired he was a sergeant.” #DrewPeterson

  31. yep and Lopez’s speech keeps proving that DP had the training and the means to commit this crime and get away with it, as he almost did. Lopez is putting the final nail into his coffin

  32. Lopez on #DrewPeterson as a cop: “He did this for 30 years. And that has to be something that the court should take into consideration.”

  33. The police officer stuff doesn’t hold water with me. Some of them are the worst when it comes to domestic violence themselves. The sentencing should serve to warn them too! Don’t hide behind a badge!

  34. Blah, blah, blah, yeah he is such a great guy, that he murdered the mothers of his own children. What a guy. 🙄

    Blah, blah, blah, he face danger as a cop. Well, his wives faced danger in their own homes!

  35. The Herald-News ‏@Joliet_HN

    Lopez: #DrewPeterson loved his children more than he hated any of the women he was ever with.

    WTF?

  36. Lopez: #DrewPeterson has maintained “since Day One” that Savio’s death was an accident. Still no physical evidence.

  37. Stacy St. Clair ‏@StacyStClair

    #DrewPeterson atty @josharrk says based on Drew’s family ties it is unlikely that he would be accused of murder again.

    Again WTF?

  38. Lopez says people may argue #DrewPeterson put himself in this position. But, he says, “It still hurts the children.”Lopez: An excessive sentence would be a hardship to #DrewPeterson ‘s children.

  39. There goes the Swine bringing the children in this mess. Maybe DP should have thought about that before. Wish they could give him 200 yrs just for that

  40. Lopez: “I don’t think it’s appropriate to argue the weaknesses of the state’s case as much as I would like to.” #DrewPeterson

  41. Lopez: I’ve never seen a case so sensationalized that they had to go out and make a movie about it, in the middle of he case. #DrewPeterson

  42. Guys I have to step away for about 15 min….I might miss the actual sentencing. If someone wants to take over posting tweeters. Be back shortly

  43. !!!BIGGEST LIE EVER!!!
    Lopez: #DrewPeterson loved his children more than he hated any of the women he was ever with.

    Neither DP nor Loopy Lou even know what this even means. Obviously.

  44. Lopez: #DrewPeterson loved his children more than he hated any of the women he was ever with.

    Oh So Lopez now also concurs Drew actually did hate the women he was with ….

    Not a smart thing to say when someone is about to be sentenced for murdering one of them……

  45. Jon Seidel ‏@SeidelContent

    #DrewPeterson shouts: “I DID NOT KILL KATHLEEN!”

    What a Loser! I hope he gets the max!

  46. OH NO!

    Ruth Ravve ‏@RuthRavve

    Savio relative yells back to #DrewPeterson “yes you did!” kill Kathleen (judge kicks her out of court)

  47. #DrewPeterson complaining of false police reports, “rumors, gossip, outrageous lies and most importantly, unreliable hearsay.”

  48. #DrewPeterson said Schori promised him and Stacy “anything we talked about would remain personal and private and would never be repeated.”

  49. I’ve been following this case since early November, 2008, when Stacy vanished. It’s been ions since I’ve posted, but I’m here with all you folks awaiting his sentencing. I can’t wait to see this jerk sent off to prison. Thank you, Facs and all the other faithful loyals who have kept this blog surviving all these many years. While I haven’t been an active poster, I’ve visited here more times than I care to remember to catch up on the latest. May Kathleen rest in peace, and her boys come to some enlightenment of how she actually died and find a pathway back to her family for some connection and support from her brother and sisters.

  50. #DrewPeterson says evidence used to convict him were “all statements made by women who were trying to better position themselves.”

  51. #DrewPeterson : In divorce, “everybody lies. And everybody lies basically under the instructions of their own attorneys.”

  52. Lopez: I’ve never seen a case so sensationalized that they had to go out and make a movie about it, in the middle of he case. #DrewPeterson

    Not very informed…Think of the murderers of Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Exactly the same, and there may well be more.

  53. #DrewPeterson: “Probably one of the most experienced investigators” first determined Savio’s death was an accident.

  54. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, hope he gets the max – This “speech” is asinine! Still continues his defiance! He makes me sick!

  55. #DrewPeterson on his time as a cop: “My conduct was exemplary.” Says he was probably one of the highest decorated officers.

  56. #DrewPeterson : “Until this happened I thought I was viewed as a great guy, and in moments the media turned me into a monster.”

  57. #DrewPeterson: When this is over I’ll get a tattoo, “shoulder to shoulder” reading “No good deed goes unpunished.”

  58. #DrewPeterson now telling Kathleen Savio’s life story. She has family in the overflow room upset over what he’s saying.

  59. #DrewPeterson: “I paid for the funeral.” Leads to outburst in courtroom from a man: “There’s a lie right there.”

  60. I’ll be so happy when he is gone. What a pig. Now talking about what he paid for, Just goes to show everyone was right all along. It’s all about money for him!

  61. Drew Peterson is showing the judge, the courtroom, and the world, his rage! The same rage his wives saw when they did anything that Drew disapproved of. The rage that Kathleen and Stacy saw in their last moments before he murdered them!

  62. “… the fact that you perpetrated the largest railroad job that ever took place in this country.” #DrewPeterson to Jim Glasgow

  63. #DrewPeterson says all of his rights in the Bill of Rights have been violated. Speedy trial, right to confront accusers.

  64. #DrewPeterson : “The only thing left to make this case more true to form would be a cruel and unusual punishment.”

  65. #DrewPeterson : “I can’t believe I spent 32 years defending the Constitution that allowed this to happen to me. ” Nobody cared

  66. #DrewPeterson : “I take full responsibility for my relationship with the media.”
    #DrewPeterson : “I agreed to go on national TV to tell my side of the story.”

    #DrewPeterson calls movie about him ridiculous.
    #DrewPeterson : Movie “pretty much guaranteed that I would not receive a fair trial.”

    #DrewPeterson says he had the same publicist as Rod Blagojevich.
    #DrewPeterson: “I’m an obnoxious man by nature, truly” Defense mechanism is comedy.

  67. #DrewPeterson : “Throughout these proceedings not one witness, not one juror, not one prosecutr looked me in the eye until today …”

    #DrewPeterson in closing: “I don’t deserve this.”

  68. #DrewPeterson tells Glasgow to look him in they eye.

    #DrewPeterson: “Never forget my face. Never forget what you’ve done here.”

    #DrewPeterson done with speech. Burmila beginning to hand down sentence.

  69. Burmila on sentencing: “It’s not an exact science. The court is not Solomon.” #DrewPeterson

    Burmila: “This sentence must be served in its entirety.” #DrewPeterson

    38 Years

  70. 😆 I realize that LA. I guess it was just the point! 🙂 I soooo wanted him to get the max, just to put a nice big punctuation mark on it!

  71. I know I wish and really thought he would get the max to, after that outburst, but it is what it is. He will sleep on the same thin mattress tonight that he will be sleeping on for the next 38 yrs. And still blaming others

  72. Thank you so much for hosting this blog. Now we need to find Stacy. The snow is about ready to come into the Joliet area – they are cold, cold tears from Kathy and Stacy for their chidren.

  73. Hurrah!!!
    Sterling work, ladies! Hurrah.
    He won’t live that long. He will not make old bones, as they say.

    Prison must really really really suck if you don’t like to read.

  74. I had to take a brief break. I had hoped for the maximum sentence, but 38 years is a long time and I noted that the judge said “This sentence must be served in its entirety”, so Drew Peterson will never get out.

    Thank you Facs for providing this wonderful place to keep up with this case. Your dedication to this case and justice for Kathleen and Stacy is commendable!

    I’m hoping now that the prosecution and law enforcement will concentrate on finding Stacy and prosecuting Drew Peterson for her death.

    Perhaps someone knows something and now that Drew Peterson will soon be in state prison for the rest of his life, they’ll feel safe coming forward.

  75. It looks like they’re seating the press and they’re waiting for the press conference with the prosecution and family members.

  76. Had to run out. Heard it on the radio right here in Atlanta — 38 years. Not long enough considering the outburst that I’m reading about! WISH that were recorded somehow so that the rest of us could hear it.

    What was Burmilla’s reaction to the outburst? I hope he threatened to have him taken out in a straight-jacket!

    Nobody seemed to let Drew in on a big secret in sentencing. The more remorse you show, the less time you spend in jail!

    He is the true sociopath. Everything is about him and how much this has affected HIM! If he cared so much for his kids, he wouldn’t have murdered their mother.

  77. Glascow said that we got a glimpse into the soul of a cold-blooded killer today, referring to Drew Peterson’s outburst. He said that this was the most gratifying case in his career.

    A spokeswoman for domestic violence is speaking and said that this case was all about domestic violence.

  78. You really run an excellent blog. You’ve kept it focused; pithy posts, utterly up to date and great moderation. Between you and LA today, I could hardly keep up.

    I really hope that there will be a trial for Stacy. Very much so, but if it is not forthcoming for whatever reason, there is and will always be the hearsay judgment. Drew DID murder Stacy by the preponderance of evidence, and that will remain on record for as long as these kind of records exist.

  79. Thank you Facs for the last few yrs. Are you planning to keep this site open, to see what happens with Stacy’s case?

  80. I think Judge Burmilla chose a wise sentence. Served in entirety it will do the job, but eonomically enough that it is very unlikely indeed to be reduced on appeal.(as if)

    Did I read somewhere that DP’s transfer will not be immediate? I’ll be so disappointed if they’re not turning down his bed and placing a chocolate on his pillow at the Stateville Arms tonight.

  81. Sure, I’ll keep it up to stay on top of appeals or any news with Stacy’s case. Every once in a while I hear from people who are researching papers and looking for stuff on the site, so I hope it continues to be a resource for them as well.

  82. I didn’t write down Cassandra’s comments during the press conference but she said that the way Drew Peterson acted in court today was the way she saw he act towards Stacy at one point. These are his true colors.

  83. I watched Cassandra’s remarks. In regards to Drew Peterson’s outburst in court today, she said she’s seen that rage one time before.

    She said she was visiting at the Peterson home one day and that Drew and Stacy were arguing that day. She said that at one point she saw Drew picked Stacy up and throw her across the room. She said this is his true colors.

  84. they can appeal all they want…he will never get out of jail…he has to do Stacy time…does he lose his pension….he loses all rights to his kids…can Cassandra at least visit them…

  85. Judge Edward Burmila, who as soon as Peterson was done talking sentenced the disgraced former Bolingbrook cop to 38 years in prison, warned Peterson not to indulge in another “outburst.”

    Peterson told the judge he “must have been woozy,” taking a shot at Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who said the same thing to Burmila during Peterson’s murder trial this summer.

    http://bolingbrook.patch.com/articles/drew-peterson-screams-at-courtroom-i-didn-t-kill-kathleen#comments_list

    No wonder that comment sounded so familiar!

  86. Missed it all today and just finished catching up on everything!!! Thanks so much Facs and LA, and to all who have contributed – you’re a great bunch!! It’s sad that so many years had to pass before DP finally got what he deserved, but thank goodness the day has come at last!

  87. From the Kathleen Savio FB page:

    Kathleen Savio
    4 minutes ago ·
    ‎38 years with no chance for parole……yes FB friends that is the sentence for the murderer Drew Peterson! His lame excuse for a re-trial for incompetent representation was not to be believed and a new trial was DENIED!

    This was a day that I will never forget. Today I sat about 2′ away from a murderer….but I got out alive. My sweet friend Sue Savio made a sad victims impact statement before sentencing and told everyone how badly she misses her baby sister Kathleen and what a hole it put in her heart! She was followed by her sister Anna and brother Henry. How very sad to have to talk about their murdered sister. Then Judge Burmilla asked Peterson if he wanted to make a statement….much to the surprise of the whole gallery he opted to.

    When he took the stand he said in a very calm and quiet voice that he wanted to put to rest some terrible things said about him…at which time he stood and SCREAMED AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS….I DID NOT KILL KATHLEEN! His face was red and I likened his outburst as a scene from the Shining with Jack Nicholson! OMG….OMG…OMG….my heart just about stopped along with many other women in the gallery! It scared the hell out of us. I have never been in the same room with someone that acted in that manner and it really shook me up! He then sat down and told everyone how mistreated he was…he claimed the State Police and the States Attorney fabricated evidence against him that it was all their faults because he is innocent! He had to stop several times to contain himself as he was crying….boo hoo…boo hoo….has he got your sympathy yet? He sure as hell didn’t have mine!

    He more or less begged the judge to think about his “poor” kids being without their father and I guess he hoped to have his sentence overturned….he didn’t have a chance to blame me though….but after he winked at me yesterday I guess today he wasn’t as flirty!!!!! He pleaded for about 45 minutes spewing forth lies and blame on everyone else….what a prime example of EVIL he is! Since he is 59 yrs. old now he won’t see the free world until he is 93 yrs. old….I wonder how many young chicks will be interested in him then!

    I feel sorry that his children have neither a mother or a father….but then who wants a murderer for a father? Peterson opted to take Kathleen away from her children…the State opted to take Peterson out of the equation for that very reason. I have sympathy for the children….but NOT for that P.O.S. may he rot in jail.

    My heart goes out to the family for having to listen to the rantings of that murderer… my heart goes out to his children for having the misfortune of being related to him! I have been involved in this case for over 3 1/2 yrs. and feel the victory with justice for Kathleen Savio…it certainly can’t make up for her loss…but can take some of the pain away that her murderer won’t walk free!

    So BUBBA……Drew will be on his way to where the big guys get to have their residences, I wonder if he will think Will County Correctional Center was like a country club after all!!!

  88. Thanks Facs for posting all the videos and the FaceBook page of Kathleen Savio. I’ve watched all the videos again and watching them hours later when things have calmed down, have picked up things I didn’t pick up when I watched the press conference live.

    I don’t do FaceBook, so it was very interesting to read the Kathleen Savio page, with observations from someone in the courtroom who wasn’t a professional, just an observer. It must have been frightening to hear Drew Peterson’s outburst in person! James Glasgow’s description of having the opportunity to see a psychopath in action is a very good description. Seeing a cold-blooded killer! I bet that doesn’t happen often in a prosecutor’s career.

  89. Haha, Anyone notice Joel Brodsky smiling like a Cheshire cat and commenting Drews sentence is fair for this type of crime (!!).

    Suddenly no more talk from him about hearsay and how inconstitutional it all is – LOL !

  90. I wonder what kind of threats Drew was mouthing to Neil Schori ………….

    It is frightening to read he was even able to do that in such observed surroundings!

  91. For once, I find myself believing Brodsky about this defense abandoning Peterson. Nothing left for them. I can totally see that happening. 🙂

  92. Thanks again, Facs for all the addinkski since (my) last night.

    Glasgow was very, very good, right down to the “he can’t help it” and “treat him humanely” without diminishing the gravity and depravity of his crimes and the turmoil and fear he brought to his own family.

    I felt I had to stand and punch the air (again) when I saw how many women made up Glasgow’s team. So proud. Riight on, sisters!!! It isn’t just their contribution (I don’t find surprising, just awe-inspiring) It’s wonderful to hear such heart-felt appreciation and professional recognition.

    It was Cass and Sharon, Pam and their vigil and determination that first drew my attention as I watched the news. I was full of admiration for them and all the others who tried to bring attention to what had happened, and the commitment of all the searchers and supporters.

    I only mention this because I would like to say that I have never forgotten them. I’ve not mentioned Sharon in years, but I thought she wouldn’t welcome the attention, quite rightly, even though I always wondered how they were all getting along.

    Whenever Cass has been on the news I’ve been so glad to see her, but so sad not to have seen her smile, except in the photographs with Stacy.

    I hope that’s something we will see in due course. A standing air-punch would be OK too.

    Hoping Kitty’s boys will feel relief with the end of uncertainties. Even their father’s outburst and raving pleadings will help their understanding; in a way it’s a gift.

  93. Did I read correctly that DP’s defense team is withdrawing and any appeals that MIGHT come forth are handled by the Appellate Office? If so, glad to hear everyone is jumping ship. Let DP rot in prison.
    Also read that after DP’s outburst in court, he was smiling as he was being led out?

  94. All I can say is WOW. I am shocked at Drew’s outburst. I am pleased that the Judge saw him for what he was.

    I also think Joe “the shark” might as well of said, “yeah he is guilty, but he loves his kids so that makes it okay.”

    Thanks Facs for keeping this site. I hope that real soon we will have news on Stacy.

    For now all thats left to do is sweep up the leftover popcorn and peanuts, the circus has been dismantled….I hope!

  95. From Brodsky’s Facebook This morning:

    Joel A. Brodsky, Attorney at Law
    2 hours ago
    Here is the true story on why Harry Smith was called to testify:
    Drew Peterson was convinced that we needed to impeach Stacy’s hearsay. He said that we either had to do it in by using Stacy’s alibi statement or by calling Harry Smith to testify that Stacy was trying to extort him. Drew said that if we didn’t do one or the other than he would insist on taking the stand himself. It was Drew’s right to take the stand if he wanted to, it was his decision, and we couldn’t stop him if he wanted to. We all knew that if Drew took the stand it would have been a disaster, 100% guaranteeing a conviction. Therefore if we were to have any chance of winning we had to either get Stacy’s alibi in, or call Smith, risky as calling Smith may be.
    First Attorney Steve Greenberg was supposed get the alibi into evidence through one of the state police officers he was designated to call, Sgt. Collins. However, he failed to do it, and that left no choice but to call Harry Smith. I knew that Smith would be a difficult and risky witness , so instead of putting him off on some other lawyer on the team I felt that as lead lawyer I would be the one who called Smith because it was dangerous, and since I was lead it fell on me to take the risk (being a leader isn’t just a title, it means you take responsibility). Therefore, I was the attorney who called Harry Smith.
    All of the attorneys on the team agreed that Harry Smith had to be called. I have both documentary and independent eye witness evidence that Steve Greenberg specifically agreed that Harry Smith should be called to testify.
    I didn’t disclose this earlier because Drew’s post-trial motions were pending, and as much as I knew the argument being made was wrong, Drew was still my former client, and I didn’t want to take any action that would prejudice his chances for a new trial. Now that the motion for new trial is denied, I can let the truth about this subject be known.
    What should make you mad is that Attorney Steve Greenberg knew all this and was still attempted to put the entire loss on me even though he agreed with the decision to call Harry Smith, made calling Harry Smith a certainty by failing to get the Stacy alibi into evidence, and understood that if we didn’t call him that Drew would take the stand. Greenberg’s intentional and knowing lies about me to the public and the court are reprehensible and he will be held to account for them.

  96. This was from yesterday – JB’s Facebook:

    Joel A. Brodsky, Attorney at Law
    10 hours ago
    Tomorrow, I am going to post the true reason why Harry Smith was called as a witness. This is going to be exactly what i was going to testify to if I was called by the State. When you read and understand the reason you will understand why I was so upset that i was not called by the State to testify, and you will understand why I sued Steve Greenberg for libel. It will be shocking.

  97. Steve Greenberg ‏@SGcrimlaw

    So the record is clear- We are continuing to represent Peterson on appeal-all counsel who finished the case, plus. #drewpeterson @josharrk

  98. Steve Greenberg ‏@SGcrimlaw

    @AnnaDavlantes it was not psychotic it was heartfelt it was for emphasis people can twist everything just like the true facts

    Well, Steve – It sounded pretty psychotic to alot of people. He showed his true colors very brightly! 🙂

  99. OOPS! This was the original tweet from above:

    Anna Davlantes FOX32 ‏@AnnaDavlantes

    Drew Peterson’s angry (psychotic?) courtroom rant “I didn’t kill Kathleen!!” His attorney just said it was “a side of Drew he’d never seen.”

  100. brodsky is like a giant red ant with a mouth that stings…he wants a village to come to him….hang on his every word…he believes he is some kind of prophet…he is the clown in the circus…with only knowledge to make you laugh because he is the joke…the judge was right he was out of his league….

  101. Okay, I sort of believe what Brodsky is saying there. I mean when it came to light that if Smith took the stand for the state the whole attorney/client privie had Greenberg peeing his pants. I’m pretty sure he is the one that said if the state doesn’t call him, they just might. Even though they didn’t know what information he had. I’ll have to see if I can find the info to back up my memory.

  102. Sorry guys! I don’t know why this won’t work! Anyway there is a video of Lopez on the MyFox Chicago website from this morning. In it he says he is done.

  103. Hey – all. I need to catch up but when I went to bed last night Greenberg was telling me via twitter that the “dream team” was not abandoning the appeals to the Appellate Defenders. I sent him the link to the video where Joel alleged that, but that’s the last I saw. Now I need to see that video with Joe Lopez. I’ll grab it if possible.

    Thanks for the links and pastes you guys. You rule!

  104. I’ve put up a new post, mostly because this one is so full of stuff that it’s taking forever for the page to load and comments to “take”. Join me there!

    Bucket, your comment was very well written and thoughtful. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiments. *fist pump*

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