the drew peterson verdict. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, kathleen savio. It was a unanimous verdict. And peterson could now face up to 60 years in... See More
the drew peterson verdict. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, kathleen savio. It was a unanimous verdict. And peterson could now face up to 60 years in prison. Abc's alex perez is in chicago with the very latest on this case. Good morning, alex. Reporter: Good morning, elizabeth. Peterson had been behind bars waiting 3 1/2 years for this day. He was stone-faced and staring at the jury, when the verdict was read. Finally, someone heard kathleen's cry. 12 people did the right thing. Thank god. Reporter: It's the justice kathleen savio's family never thought they would get. Drew peterson's five-week murder trial centered on controversial hearsay evidence, that he had threatened savio. After hours of deliberations, 11 jurors agreed that peterson was guilty of first-degree murder. And they took five more hours to convince a holdout. I did not feel comfortable with joining the rest of the jury to convict. I was concerned about the hearsay evidence. Reporter: Savio and peterson were in the middle of a contentious divorce when she was found dead in 2004. The former chicago police officer was charged after her body was exhumed and her death reclassified a homicide. He's basically a coward. And nobody took him on. We took him on now and he lost. Reporter: Defense attorneys insist that savio's death was a tragic accident. Hearsay evidence was allowed in. Unprecedented amounts. Reporter: Peterson, who had a lifetime movie made about him. I've become a media sensation now. Reporter: Often called himself a jokester. What can I do to get rid of you? Pizza and beer. Reporter: Had a problem when the trial began. He looked worried that the prosecution put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Reporter: Peterson's fourth wife, stacy, has been missing since 2007. The family hopes this guilty verdict will lead to charges in their case. Game over, drew. You know, he can wipe the smirk off his face. Reporter: Peterson will be sentenced in november. He is 58 years old. And again, will be facing 60 years behind bars. Elizabeth? All right, alex. Thank you so much.
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