Drew Peterson guilty in murder-for-hire plot

In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Illinois, police officer Drew Peterson arrives for court in Joliet. Opening statements will get underway Monday, May 23, 2016, in Chester, Illinois, in the murder-for-hire trial of Peterson, who is accused of plotting to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars in his third wife's death.

Jurors found former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson guilty Tuesday in a plot to kill the prosecutor who helped convict Peterson in 2012 of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The verdict was reached within two hours of closing arguments ending in a Chester, llinois, courtroom and the case being handed to jurors.

“The evidence in this case was clear that the defendant plotted from jail to solicit the murder of State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow,” Attorney General Lisa Madigan said. “I thank the members of the jury for their service, and I commend the prosecutors for their hard work and relentless commitment to bringing this case to a successful conclusion.”

Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence and faces up to 60 more years in prison.

A prison informant testified last week that Peterson enlisted him to plot the death of Will County State’s Attorney Glasgow.

“It’s the defendant’s own words that prove him guilty beyond reasonable doubt,” said Steve Nate of the Illinois attorney general’s office. The office is assisting Randolph County prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Peterson believed he would be able to successfully appeal his conviction in Savio’s death if Glasgow was dead.

Peterson’s court-appointed public defender has dismissed the secret recordings of his client arranging for the hit with informant Antonio “Beast” Smith as exaggerated prison boasts. The lawyer also attacked the informant’s credibility.

Savio’s death was initially deemed accidental. Glasgow reopened the case after the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, Peterson’s 23-year-old fourth wife. Peterson was never charged in her disappearance but told the informant he worried that Glasgow would eventually do so.

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