(CNN) — After years policing Illinois streets for criminals, Drew Peterson is now among them — and will be for more than three decades, a judge ruled Thursday.
Will County Judge Edward Burmila sentenced Peterson to 38 years in prison in the murder of his third ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, said state’s attorney spokesman Charles B. Pelkie.
The former Chicago-area police sergeant will get credit for the nearly four years that he has been in custody, according to Pelkie, a spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. He could have received as many as 60 years in prison; Illinois does not have a death penalty.
“The reason that I never looked Drew Peterson in the eye is because I never acknowledged his existence,” said Glasgow, describing the convict as a “cold-blooded killer.”
“But I looked him in the eye today,” the prosecutor said. “He knows that we did our job.”