Ex-Illinois policeman sentenced to 40 years in murder-for-hire - report

Drew Peterson Sentenced To 40 Years In Murder-For-Hire Plot

July 29 (Reuters) - Drew Peterson, a former Chicago-area police officer who is in prison for murdering his wife, was sentenced on Friday to an additional 40 years for trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who convicted him, Chicago's NBC affiliate reported.

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Peterson, 62, is serving a 38-year sentence for the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio, his third wife, a case that was made into a television movie starring Rob Lowe.

In May he was found guilty of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire when a jury agreed he had plotted in 2014 to find someone to kill James Glasgow, the Will County state's attorney who prosecuted him in the case of his wife's murder.

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Drew Peterson was set to appear in court Monday on charges that he tried to hire a hitman to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, sources told WGN. Peterson was convicted of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio in 2012 and is a suspect in his fourth wife's disappearance.
Attorneys for Drew Peterson's defense, from left, Joe Lopez, David Peilet and Steve Greenberg hold a news conference outside the Will County Courthouse after Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of Kathleen Savio, on Thursday, February 21, 2013, in Joliet, Illinois. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Will County's State's Attorney James W. Glasgow holds a news conference at Joliet City Hall in Joliet, Illinois, after Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of Kathleen Savio on Thursday, February 21, 2013. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Will County's State's Attorney James W. Glasgow, left, shakes hands with Cassandra Cales, the sister of Stacy Peterson, after a news conference at City Hall in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, February 21, 2013, where it was announced that Drew Peterson was denied a new trial in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and sentenced to 38 years in prison. Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, is still missing. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow holds a news conference outside Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, following the murder conviction of Drew Peterson in the death of Kathleen Savio. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Family of Kathleen Savio, including stepmother Marcia Savio, left, half-brother Nicholas Savio, center, and father Henry Savio, right, make a statement outside Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, after Drew Peterson was found guilty of killing Kathleen Savio. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Court-watchers applaud the guilty verdict in Drew Peterson's murder trial outside Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, after the former police officer was found guilty of killing Kathleen Savio. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Kathleen Savio's stepmother, Marcia Savio, center, and Kathleen Savio's father, Henry Savio, right, walk outside Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, after Drew Peterson was found guilty of killing Kathleen Savio. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow arrives for jury instructions in the Drew Peterson trial at Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL - JULY 31: Joel Brodsky, attorney for Drew Peterson, leaves the Will County Courthouse during a recess in Peterson's murder trial July 31, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. Opening arguments in Peterson's trial began today. Peterson, a former Bolingbrook, Illinois police sergeant is on trial for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio. Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy Peterson. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Peterson faced a possible sentence of up to 70 years for the two crimes.

It was not immediately possible to confirm the new 40-year sentence reported by NBC and a number of other media outlets. No one answered the phone at the courtroom of Randolph County Judge Richard Brown.

Peterson is serving his murder sentence at the maximum security Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois. That is where a fellow inmate taped him discussing the murder-for-hire plot. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Leslie Adler)


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