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Drew Peterson Packed Off to Start 38-Year Prison Sentence at Pontiac

Drew Peterson finally got out of jail, but only so he could go to prison.

The Will County Sheriff's Department didn't wait long to send Drew Peterson off to start his "life of hardship and abuse."

Less than 24 hours after Peterson spoke those words in court and was sentenced to 38 years in prison, staff at the Will County jail had the disgraced ex-Bolingbrook cop packed up, out the door and on his way to Stateville Correctional Center.

"Drew Peterson's paperwork for his transfer to Stateville was drawn up within a few hours of his return to (jail) after court yesterday," Deputy Chief Brian Fink of the Will County Adult Detention Facility said in a statement Friday.

"The Will County Sheriff's Office transported Mr. Peterson to the (Illinois) Department of Corrections facility at 9:22 this morning without incident," Fink said.

But Stateville apparently did not want Peterson around either, as the same day he arrived he was transferred to Pontiac Correctional Center, confirmed Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano.

Peterson was first taken to the Northern Reception and Classification Center on the Stateville grounds. The average stay for an inmate at a reception and classification center is three weeks to two months, according to the Department of Corrections, but Peterson was only around for a few hours.

Peterson was convicted in September of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Right before Judge Edward Burmila handed down Peterson's prison sentence, the convicted wife-killer screamed his innocence and proceeded to deliver a meandering speech about how he had been framed and deprived of his rights.

"The point I’m trying to make is anything you sentence me to, you're sentencing me to the department of corrections to die," Peterson told Burmila during his statement.

Peterson, 59, will be 93 by the time he hits his scheduled release date. But one of Peterson's attorneys, Steve Greenberg, predicted Peterson and his murder case will be back in Joliet within two years when he wins an appeal.

After Peterson's sentencing, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said he will review the case of Peterson's missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who mysteriously vanished in October 2007. Glasgow said his office also will be taking another look at the case of missing Plainfield mother Lisa Stebic, who disappeared six months before Stacy.

"We're going to sit down and we're going to vet that case," Glasgow said of the Stacy Peterson investigation conducted by the Illinois State Police. "We're going to look at the weaknesses in that case and see what stands and what doesn't."

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Colt45 February 23, 2013 at 12:12 AM
It's good to know that neither Will County and IDOC didn't waste any time moving him to his new home. I hear that the THUNDERDOME is loud, noisy and very awful. I pray he lives to be the ripe old age of 90.
anonymous February 23, 2013 at 02:12 AM
I'm not proclaiming this guy's guilt or innocence but I hope everyone realizes the implications these hearsay laws have for everyone. It's a truly dangerous path we are trodding upon as this country's government tightens the clamps a little bit at a time. There are precedents for this type of use of hearsay in countries like Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia-is that who we are destined to become?
Kristine Neumann February 23, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Give it a rest already!
Eric Blair February 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Kristine Neumann, another good example of a typical “dumbed down” American. Amazing how many people such as this can’t see what’s happening here. And these are probably future members of a jury. Maybe we can just do away with jury’s. Lately they just rubber stamp the government prosecution. If the government says guilty then it’s guilty. No independent thought allowed.
carolb February 23, 2013 at 01:05 PM
You may be shocked to learn that there are many hearsay exceptions and they are used every day. Mr. Peterson earned his special treatment. The judge allowed witnesses to repeat the statements of certain people because those people can't be found. Their statements were likely not offered as truth of the matter and the jury was free to disregard. Stay calm and don't commit multiple murders you'll be just fine.
chris February 23, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Nazi Germany lol comining from a bleeding heart American that no doubt is soured by the way Peterson was handled it ok your right a .38 bullet would have been more efficient and less costly.
anonymous February 23, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Chris-you ain't to smart is you? you maybe iz a produkt of the dummed down US publick scool sistem that the gubmint countz on too tak udvantaj of peeple lik you?
anonymous February 23, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Kristine Neuman-your future jackbooted Camp Commandant at a FEMA camp near you. Critical thinking-a dying art in this day and age.
chris February 23, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Anonymous I would be ashamed of my post as well go ahead and hide behind a name your post looks like a 6yr wrote it, we have a bright one here.
Cayla Liles-Hartman February 23, 2013 at 04:39 PM
He got what he deserved. Keeps a fourth woman from losing her life.
C Allyn Gruenwalld February 23, 2013 at 04:46 PM
just another way of him to get his special treatment, statesville has a wait of 3wks to 3 months to get placed in a prison from intake, how did he go from will county jail to statesville to pontiac in less then 24 hours.... more special treatment for him.... its absurd!!!!!!
Daniel Mason February 23, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Cayla a fourth woman already lost her life by him..his fourth wife..my friend..Stacy Peterson. And i agree he did get what he deserved for now, he will be getting more when they do prove it in court..but i know in my soul that he killed her.
anonymous February 23, 2013 at 04:52 PM
chris-only bright people insist that a bullet to the back of the head solves problems-especially when the probability of actual guilt is low
anonymous February 23, 2013 at 04:56 PM
daniel m-get a hold of His Highness Jim Glasgow-if you feel in your heart that he really killed her Jimmy G can get a conviction if you get a few morons like chris and carolb on the jury-because feelings and second hand stories are what gets convictions here in the US- not hard facts or evidence
KMK February 23, 2013 at 05:47 PM
good riddance to that piece of trash!
JEG February 23, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Daniel and Cayla.. Drew only lost two wives the first two he is divorced from. He didnt murder them, luckly for them .
Colt45 February 23, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Justice will come for stacy
I'M JUST SAYING February 23, 2013 at 10:45 PM
whats we talking about here This is not ENGLISH .. We live here in the US please translate your commit...
Judge Ward February 24, 2013 at 05:01 AM
This Glasgow has the publicity bug now. Murder indictment without Stacey's body? Next stop U.S. Attorney, Congress?
Mr. Keep it real February 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Another crooked cop convicted of murder! There is some good ones,but if you line cops up against the wall no difference then a bunch of gangbangers with suits and badges
nora February 24, 2013 at 01:25 PM
So would you rather he be a free man and maybe end up around your female relatives. Hearsay --- So Be It
nora February 24, 2013 at 01:27 PM
So would you rather he be a free man, perhaps ending up around your female relatives? Hearsay -- So Be It Now on to Mr Stebic, that other POS
Time Is Money February 24, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Hearsay law is bulls**t drew was railroaded a notch in Glasgow's belt & Burmilla didn't want to be the judge that let Drew go if he did it then he got what he deserved but PROVE it I wish they wouldn't bring ther EGO'S to work with them at the (Will County Courthouse) people's lives are on the line
pro streeter February 24, 2013 at 08:38 PM
^^^ All that in one sentence with not one period!!!!!
chris February 26, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Stateville didn't want Drew, he's a liability so they got rid of him his safety is a concern ex cop / killer no doubt there are big plans for him.
chris February 26, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Anonymous I never said a bullet to the back of the head, I said simply a .38 bullet. You are so smart innocent lol Drew is about as innocent as you are smart.
Ernie Knight February 26, 2013 at 07:28 PM
The new hearsay law was REJECTED by the Appelate court. The hearsay allowed was under EXISTING statute and case law.

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