Drew Peterson screamed “I did not kill Kathleen”
Drew Peterson, a former sergeant of Bolingbrook, was convicted last year of drowning his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whilst she was in the bathtub.
Peterson began his appeal to the judge today by telling him, “Good day, my name is, Drew Peterson. I hope I don’t aggravate the situation here, but I have a lot of things to be said.”then continued by screaming “I did not kill Kathleen!”
Drew Peterson, as Judge Edward Bumila handed him a 38 year prison sentence, continued screaming, “I did not kill Kathleen.” A woman responded from the courtroom by yelling, “Yes, you did” Judge Burmila responded by saying “Ma’am, I’d like you to leave the courtroom, and Mr. Peterson, don’t make any outbursts that are designed to aggravate people.”
Drew Peterson, 59, was facing as much as sixty years, but consideration was given for the years he served as a police officer and his service in the military.
Drew Peterson pleaded with the Judge, saying his conviction was based on “rumors, gossip, outrageous lies and, most importantly, unreliable hearsay.” Drew Peterson did not testify at his trial, and his emotional status, whilst addressing the judge, was at times choked up.
He repeatedly told Judge Burmila, “I don’t deserve this, I don’t deserve this.”
Peterson said he is the victim of an unjust and invasive police investigation that ignored or lost evidence that could have shown his innocence. He accused the state police of falsifying reports.
Peterson complained that the Rev. Neil Schori, betrayed his promise never to repeat anything that was said by himself or Stacy. Rev. Neil Schori testified at trial, that Stacy confided in him, that she lied to state police, about Peterson’s alleged slaying of Kathleen Savio.”
“Out of the privileged information from Neil Schori, the state police was able to create” this case against me, he said. “I find it hard to believe that the state was able to take information that they obtained illegally, and turn it to their benefit.”
Drew Peterson continued his plea by saying that divorce attorney, Harry Smith’s, testimony recalled privileged information from both Kathy and Stacy, like it was yesterday’s garbage. “Ultimately, it led to my conviction. Hearsay is a scary thing. There’s no proof. Anything can be said and nobody’s accountable for the truth. In my experience, in divorce situations, everybody lies and everybody lies under the instruction of their attorneys.”
He continued by recalling “There was an incident where Kathleen exited the house… and punched Stacy in the face. They went to trial, my 9- and 10-year-old sons were called to testify, and under oath they lied,” Peterson said. “On their next visit, I questioned them, ‘Why’d you guys lie?’ They told me Harry Smith told them to. They didn’t want their mother to go to jail.”
Peterson said, growing emotional as he spoke. “I couldn’t be mad at them.” “Stacy provided me an alibi for Kathleen’s death. Then she later said she was lying about that. It seems like Stacy was lying all the time about everything. But the state’s attorney picked and chose what they wanted to believe. Stacy clearly had a crush on the Rev. Schori, which I think was a factor in this. There was constant and consistently illegal activity by the state’s attorney’s, including the state’s attorney himself.”