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Drew Peterson Could Be Sentenced Today

Posted by wlpo on February 20, 2013

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – A hearing will resume to determine if Drew Peterson gets a new trial on charges he murdered his third wife.

Peterson’s lawyers are asking for a retrial on grounds that his lead attorney at the 2012 trial failed to adequately defend him. Will County Judge Edward Burmila heard a full day of testimony Tuesday before recessing without a ruling. The hearing resumes this morning.

The judge has said he’ll proceed straight to sentencing if he rejects the defense request for a retrial.  The 59-year-old Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term for Kathleen Savio’s death.

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