Ex-police officer to be sentenced in murder-for-hire case

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — A former suburban Chicago police officer is facing sentencing after he was convicted in a murder-for-hire case.

Jurors agreed in May that Drew Peterson attempted to hire a fellow inmate’s uncle to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in 2012 in the killing of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The 62-year-old Peterson will have a chance at Friday’s sentencing to make a statement. Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker says the apparent target of Peterson’s failed hit, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, will also speak.

At his sentencing for killing Savio, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant began his statement by screaming: “I did not kill Kathleen!”

Peterson is already serving a 38-year sentence in Savio’s death and faces up to 60 more years behind bars.