UPDATE: Drew Peterson sentenced to 38 years for murder
FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife Kathleen Savio. On Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, Will County Judge Edward Burmila refused to grant Peterson a new murder trial in the death of his third wife. The ruling came after Peterson's current legal team argued for a new trial on grounds his former lead attorney botched the case. After the ruling, the judge moved on to Peterson�s sentencing hearing. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)Photo: Image by AP
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A judge has sentenced Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife.
Will County Judge Edward Burmila imposed the sentence Thursday. The 59-year-old Peterson faced a maximum 60-year prison term.
Jurors convicted Peterson in September in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio. Neighbors found her body in a dry bathtub at her home with a gash on her head.
Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but hasn't been charged. Her disappearance is what led authorities to take another look at Savio's death and reclassify it from an accident to a homicide.
Fascination nationwide with Peterson arose from speculation he sought to use his law enforcement expertise to get away with murder.