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Drew Walter Peterson
January 5, 1954
Bolingbrook, Illinois, U.S
|Occupation||Former Police Officer|
|Criminal penalty||38 years in prison|
|Criminal status||Incarcerated in Menard Correctional Center|
|Conviction(s)||premeditated murder in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio|
Drew Walter Peterson (born January 5, 1954) is a retired Bolingbrook, Illinois police sergeant and convicted felon who first received national publicity in the United States in 2007 when his fourth wife, Stacy Ann Cales Peterson, disappeared. Although law enforcement and the public suspected foul play, she has never been found, and Peterson has not been charged in her case.
Suspicions in Stacy Peterson's case were fueled in part by the untimely death three years prior of Drew Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, a few months after her divorce from Drew. Savio was found dead in a dry bathtub in her home in 2004, with extensive bruises and a large gash in her scalp. Her official cause of death was found to be accidental drowning. In 2009, Peterson was indicted for Savio's murder after a second autopsy showed evidence of a struggle. He was convicted in 2012 and received a prison sentence of 38 years on February 21, 2013.
On February 9, 2015, Peterson was charged with two additional felonies, solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire, for attempting to have Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow killed. He was convicted on May 31, 2016, and sentenced to an additional 40 years on July 29, 2016, further sealing his fate of lifetime imprisonment.
In 1972, Peterson graduated from Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois, where he ran cross country. He joined the US Army after graduation and briefly attended the College of DuPage in 1974 before moving to Falls Church, Virginia to train as a military police officer.
Peterson had a 30-year career as a police officer. He began working with the Bolingbrook Police Department in Illinois in 1977. In 1978, he was assigned to the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad, and in 1979, he received a "Police Officer of the Year" award from the department.
Drew Peterson and Carol (Hamilton) Brown met in high school in Villa Park, Illinois, and together attended his senior prom. They married in 1974, but divorced in 1980, after Brown learned about his infidelity. Together they had sons Stephen Paul Peterson (1980) and Eric Drew Peterson.
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