Drew Peterson gets 38 years in prison for his ex-wife's murder
Former police Sgt. Drew Peterson gets 38 years for ex-wife's murder - CNN.com
Peterson was convicted of murder in September but had fought for a new trial, an effort that Burmila denied Thursday, just ahead of the sentencing, Pelkie said.Savio was found dead in her dry, clean bathtub on March 1, 2004. Prosecutors said Peterson killed her, though the defense contended that she fell, hit her head and drowned.The headline-grabbing case did not arise until after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in October 2007. It was during the search for Stacy Peterson -- who still has not been found -- that investigators said they'd look again into Savio's death, which was initially ruled an accidental drowning.Authorities altered their judgment and ruled Savio's death a homicide in February 2008, setting the stage for the first-degree murder trial last year of Peterson, a police officer in Bolingbrook, Illinois.