Drew sent to Pontiac prison, after brief stay at Stateville
BY DAN ROZEK Sun-Times Media February 22, 2013 11:30PM
Updated: March 25, 2013 6:51AM
After spending nearly four years awaiting trial in the Will County Jail, convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson has a new home — the state prison in downstate Pontiac.
Peterson was first transferred “without incident” Friday morning to Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Will County sheriff’s police said. Hours later, he was quietly transferred to Pontiac Correctional Center, which has both medium- and maximum-security sections.
The transfer came a day after the former Bolingbrook police sergeant was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the March 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, 40, in a bathtub in her Bolingbrook house. A jury in September convicted him of first-degree murder after a five-week trial.
Peterson, 59, received medical and psychological evaluations at an intake center at Stateville before he was sent to the Pontiac prison.
Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano wouldn’t say if Peterson was placed in protective custody at Pontiac, which is northeast of Bloomington.
He was held in solitary confinement at the county jail because of concern that, as a former cop in a high-profile case, he was likely to be harassed by other inmates.
Before he was sentenced Thursday, Peterson told the judge that he has suffered two bouts of skin cancer since his May 2009 arrest and developed high cholesterol and high blood pressure while being held at the jail in Joliet.
During an angry 35-minute statement, Peterson denied killing Savio, accused authorities of violating his civil rights, challenged State’s Attorney James Glasgow and said he believes he will die in prison.
Without a successful appeal of the conviction, the prison term imposed by Circuit Court Judge Edward Burmila will keep Peterson behind bars until he is 93.
Peterson remains the prime suspect in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, who has not been heard or seen since and is presumed dead. She was 23 when she vanished.
After Peterson’s conviction in Savio’s death, prosecutors said they would review Stacy’s case to determine if Peterson could be charged, but no decision has been made.