He took an oath to protect and serve.

It seemed that oath didn’t mean a hill of beans to Drew Peterson. Already convicted for killing his third wife Kathleen Savio in 2004 and sentenced to 38 years for that crime, Peterson though he was above the law when he tried to have the prosecutor killed.

Peterson fought the law.

The law won.

The former cop was found guilty Tuesday of trying to hire a hit man to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars for murder, with the jury taking only an hour before reaching that finding for the crimes of solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder. The sentence for that crime? Peterson is now looking at least 60 years.

As he left the Will County Courtroom, Peterson glanced at Cassandra Cales, the sister of Peterson’s missing wife Stacy and then, according to WGN-TV and the Chicago Tribune, mumured something that could not be understood.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow prosecuted the 2012 murder case against Peterson, who tried to arrange for a fellow inmate to hire a relative to kill the prosecutor.

The inmate, Antonio Smith, worked with authorities to record his conversations with Peterson in November 2014. According to court records, Smith told Peterson he had arranged for his uncle to kill Glasgow by Christmas 2014. In the recordings, Smith said in a November 15, 2014 recording “I told him what you said, that it’s the green light on, that basically go ahead and kill him. That’s what you wanted, right? … It ain’t no turning back.”

Peterson responded, “OK, all right. I’m in,” Peterson responds. “From the first time we talked about it, there was no turning back. … If I get some booze in here, we’ll celebrate that night.” There was no doubt about Peterson’s intentions and prosecutor Steve Nate made that clear in in his closing argument Tuesday.

“He said it, he meant it, and he’s guilty,” said Nate, of the Illinois attorney general’s office, who collaborated with prosecutors in Randolph County.

Peterson’s defense attorney Lucas Liefer said the recordings were nonsensical prison talk and pointed out that Peterson never directly said on the recordings that he wanted Glasgow killed. He also said Smith, serving time for attempted murder, was unreliable and a liar. “This case is wrought with inconsistency and incomplete evidence,” Liefer told the jury.

In 2007, Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in a case that garnered international headlines and prompted Glasgow to reopen a probe into Savio’s death, which was originally ruled an accident.

No one has ever been charged in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, is the only suspect in the case, authorities have said.

On the recordings, Peterson told Smith he believed his wife was still alive.

Drew Peterson is a narscist. Drew Peterson is shallow. Drew Peterson thought he was above the rules because he wore a badge and carried a gun. Drew Peterson will now sit in a prison cell, wearing prison orange instead of police blue and hopefully will be segregated from the people he sent to jail. He is a marked man, holding the secret of his missing wife close to his vest. Drew Peterson will draw his last breath behind prison walls and hopefully no parole board with even a glimmer of common sense will let him out. Drew Peterson will die in prison and the only way that he will get out will be in a body bag.

While this doesn’t completely answer the question with regard to Stacy’s being alive or dead, it assures the residents of Bolingbroke that Drew Peterson will never walk their streets again. Drew Peterson fought the law.

The law won.

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