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Drew Peterson Could Lose Police Pension

Drew Peterson stands to lose $79,000 a year in retirement benefits after being found guilty of murder last week.

may lose $79,000 a year in retirement benefits after being found guilty of murder last week. 

Under state pension law, Peterson can lose his pension benefits if the pension board decides he used his "police powers or even his skills as a veteran officer" in murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, according to the Chicago Tribune

Peterson retired as a sargeant from the in 2007, just short of 30 years of service, according to the Trib

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Typically the law targets those convicted of embezzling or taking a bribe, according to the Chicago Tribune. Proving the argument in Peterson's case will be more difficult, said Jeff Goodloe, a Libertyville attorney, in the Trib. 

"It's a heinous crime, but there didn't seem to be a connection to his service as a police officer," he said. 

However, it has been used in the case when someone's professional skills could be linked to a crime, such as a firefighter committing arson, Goodloe told the Trib

The police pension board cannot rule on the matter until after Peterson's sentencing on Nov. 26. 

Richard Reimer, the attorney for the pension board, told the Trib he had requested transcripts of the trial to prepare a report for the board. Peterson is also allowed to bring witnesses and evidence to support his side. 

Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky told the Trib he doubted whether Peterson would lose his pension. 

"His pension is safe. ... That money goes to his kids now anyway, even though I'm sure (State's Attorney) Jim Glasgow would like to see them thrown out in the street," Brodsky said.

"It's not like the trial. You would have to present actual evidence to the pension board, and they don't have that."

Thomas Williams September 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM
He was not on duty when he was at Kathleen's house To have other people find that he killed her. That is a class 3 felony his retirement in toast. He was not on duty but had a uniform on and was using a police car. Ask he other son he's the test case for it.
Thomas Williams September 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM
It will be 0 soon and most likely have to pay back what he has already gotten.
quilty September 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I'm curious, whats the big deal over the pension anyway, since he secretly gave $236,000.00 to Stephen, which was supposedly to be used to care for the kids a few years back? He's collected $6,000.00 a month from his pension since then as well, so thats another $216,000.00 just since he's been incarcerated! Most single mothers raise 2 kids in a year on what Stephen gets in 2-3 months. If you ask me.. the word of the day is... J. O. B!
quilty September 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Yep, I could live pretty good on $452,000.00
Pro Life Crusader + September 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM
He will not lose his pension and he wouldn't have to pay anything back.
Pro Life Crusader + September 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Thomas Williams what???
Ken September 11, 2012 at 02:26 AM
What about the life insurance policy on Kathleen? Wasn't it worth millions? Now that he's going to be locked up for awhile, maybe he'll ask for Stacey to be declared dead so that they can collect on her insurance policy as well?
Thomas Williams September 11, 2012 at 02:47 AM
What about the million $ life insurance policy and trust fund Drew took control over.
Thomas Williams September 11, 2012 at 02:58 AM
And more her house the Bar they owned. The cable installation company. Kathleen was killed for a lot of money not just a pension. .
bill September 11, 2012 at 05:24 PM
she was killed for 250.000
bill September 11, 2012 at 05:25 PM
just hope he goes to stateville,and they put him in g p.
Robert mason September 11, 2012 at 05:45 PM
It's all over for Peterson, there are plenty of nutters in protective custody. In the not too distant future you will be reading in some newspaper that he has been stabbed to death in the showers or in the yards, and a good thing too. I'm placing my bets now!
Fred nixon September 11, 2012 at 05:46 PM
It's all over for Peterson, there are plenty of nutters in protective custody. In the not too distant future you will be reading in some newspaper that he has been stabbed to death in the showers or in the yards, and a good thing too. I'm placing my bets now!
Jon MacLeish September 11, 2012 at 05:48 PM
It's all over for Peterson, there are plenty of nutters in protective custody. In the not too distant future you will be reading in some newspaper that he has been stabbed to death in the showers or in the yards, and a good thing too. I'm placing my bets now!
Pro Life Crusader + September 11, 2012 at 05:58 PM
The only thing Drew has to worry about is being an ex cop in prison. Sadly in prison the other prisoners see a wife murder as a way of life and is accepted as a status symbol among men in prison.
Really September 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM
" Sadly in prison the other prisoners see a wife murder as a way of life and is accepted as a status symbol among men in prison" AFTER READING THIS COMMENT all I have to say is.. Drew has found the place he belongs to finally...good riddens buddy. we will say a few prayers for you too....
Thomas Williams September 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I don't know much about prison protocol. But I think he will be spending most of his whats left of his life all alone. I guess he's going to have a challenge being a jokester now.
Tim rice September 11, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Family or friends may be called upon to care for the children. State resources may be available also. He created this scenario. No one else to blame.
Pro Life Crusader + September 11, 2012 at 09:08 PM
In my opinion, I think the prison guards will befriend Drew and will give him whatever he needs and wants. Just like other famous prisoners in the past. The most important thing Drew is already forgiven by God.
tom September 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Drew only has two children. The others are all adults. I agree that he's got no one to blame but himself for the mess that he's created for all of his children.
tom September 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I doubt that the guards will treat him any differently than any other prisoner. They don't like cops that abused their powers to commit crimes. Here you go again with religion. In your religion, you have to ask for forgiveness before you can be forgiven. Since Drew doesn't think that he's done anything wrong, it's doubtful that he's asked for forgiveness. Even after he's dead, you won't know where his sole goes. Remember, your religion has that holding place before the decision between heaven and hell is made.
Pro Life Crusader + September 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Tom listen to relevant radio and Father Rocky.If Drew confesses to a priest while in prison and ask for forgiveness for all his sins the slate is wiped cleaned for Drew and his soul is pure.
art September 12, 2012 at 05:13 PM
i'm sure vera,and her family members can tell everyone about prison life.
Pro Life Crusader + September 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Art say what???
Patrick March 11, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Drew will be free within five years. The supreme court will eventually overrule the hearsay testimony. Hearsay testimony has never been allowed in a criminal court case in over 200 years in the United States supreme court. I am an attorney that resides in Naperville, I would say Drew's chances for a successful appeal would most likely work with the United States supreme court. Hearsay in at itself does not prove a thing. People say things about other people all the time folks. Even in divorce cases, which should never be allowed in a criminal court case. I'am scared of this new hearsay law. I believe innocent people will go to prison due to this law. I also believe it violates the 6th amendment of the United States constitution.
Kristie March 11, 2013 at 01:39 AM
If you're an attorney, I would think that you should have heard "forfeiture by wrongdoing" exception. You should also know that Drew Peterson case was not allowed to use "Drew's Law". You said that there hasn't been a criminal case in over 200 years but what about the People v. Richter case? "Rule 804. Exceptions to the Rule Against Hearsay — When the Declarant Is Unavailable as a Witness (a) Criteria for Being Unavailable. A declarant is considered to be unavailable as a witness if the declarant: (1) is exempted from testifying about the subject matter of the declarant’s statement because the court rules that a privilege applies; (2) refuses to testify about the subject matter despite a court order to do so; (3) testifies to not remembering the subject matter; (4) cannot be present or testify at the trial or hearing because of death or a then-existing infirmity, physical illness, or mental illness; or (5) is absent from the trial or hearing and the statement’s proponent has not been able, by process or other reasonable means, to procure: (A) the declarant’s attendance, in the case of a hearsay exception under Rule 804(b)(1) or (6); or (B) the declarant’s attendance or testimony, in the case of a hearsay exception under Rule 804(b)(2), (3), or (4). " I am curious what law school you went to that you've never heard of this before now?
Patrick March 11, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Madame was this a divorce case you are referring to? I am referring to a capital 1 crime. Murder is a capital 1 crime. Name a murder case that hearsay was allowed? Not to be rude but Drew's Law was used during the trial. I should know I was there. Patrick is my brothers name. I won't tell you who I am, but food for thought, how about this scenario: Stacy killed Kathleen. Think about it. She knew how to gain access to the house. She hated Kathleen at the time. And she loved money. When she wanted out of the divorce she left her life because Drew knew what she had done. And helped her cover it up. Why did she take so long to tell anyone of the crime Drew did? I would've went to the states attorney the next day. Just thinking out loud. No crime in that.
Kristie March 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM
The case I referred to is a murder case. Now I understand why you don't want to tell us your real name. Business at your law firm would surely go down. Most lawyers know about Rule 804 and most know how to look up a law case. You can think out loud all that you wan but it has nothing to do with the possibility of Drew Peterson loosing his pension because of his conviction. While you're thinking, if Drew Peterson knew that Stacy killed Kathleen, as a police officer he had a duty to report that but he didn't.
Patrick March 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Mam this was a law that came from a civil case. I know this for a 100% certainty this law was in civil court cases. Not criminal court cases. Drew Peterson's case is the only criminal "murder" case to allow hearsay evidence. Does anyone here know the law? This is why the jury system is in shambles. We allow OJ walk, even though Ron Goldman's blood was in his jeep. However we convict a highly decorated police officer to the gallows on hearsay statements. What is wrong with you people? Don't you look at all of the evidence? No DNA evidence, Kathleen Savio had cervical vertigo (means prone to fall), her kids said Dad was with us, no signs of a break in, no signs of a struggle.
sherry edwards May 19, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Drew Peterson killed his wives and everybody knows it..he ought to b hung...to bad his wives lost their lives because of this shit head.. he ought to gt the death penalty..

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