Drew Peterson at his 2009 arraignment. | File
Drew Peterson, the ex-cop and convicted killer, blew up in court Thursday as he spoke for himself prior to sentencing in the death of his former wife, Kathleen Savio.
Peterson got 38 years from Judge Edward Burmila.
Following is the accounts from the courthouse according to reporters on the scene as Peterson exploded at Stacy Peterson, his attorneys and the system for his plight:
[View the story "Drew Peterson speaks out at his sentencing, shocks court" on Storify]Drew Peterson speaks out at his sentencing, shocks courtEx-cop and convicted murder Drew Peterson flew off the handle when he had his opportunity to speak at his sentencing Thursday. Here are courtroom accounts from reporters covering the proceedings via Twitter.Storified by Craig Newman· Thu, Feb 21 2013 13:12:42Drew Peterson judge rejects bid for new trial; sentencing hearing next - Chicago Sun-TimesBY DAN ROZEK, JON SEIDEL AND JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Reporters FILE - This May 7, 2009 file photo provided by the Will County, Ill., Sherif...#DrewPeterson is expected to make a statement before he's sentenced. Court is back in session.The Herald-NewsJudge asking #DrewPeterson if he wants to talk.Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson will talkJon Seidel#DrewPeterson shouts: "I DID NOT KILL KATHLEEN!"Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson outburst shocks the courtroom.Jon SeidelBefore his outburst, #DrewPeterson says "I've been forced to sit silent."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson judge throws out a Savio relative after she says yells back "Yes, you did!"Stacy St. Clair#DrewPeterson says prosecutors and police officers falsified, lost evidence in one of the most expensive investigations in county history.Stacy St. Clair#DrewPeterson complaining of false police reports, "rumors, gossip, outrageous lies and most importantly, unreliable hearsay."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson said Schori promised him and Stacy "anything we talked about would remain personal and private and would never be repeated."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson says the courts violated the clergy privilege by revealing info from counseling session. Judge ruled otherwise.Stacy St. Clair#DrewPeterson : "Hearsay's a scary thing."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson: "Nobody's accountable for the truth."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson's voice is quivering as he speaks. He sounds angry.Stacy St. Clair#DrewPeterson says evidence used to convict him were "all statements made by women who were trying to better position themselves."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson : In divorce, "everybody lies. And everybody lies basically under the instructions of their own attorneys."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson: "Stacy provided me with an alibi" under penalty of law.Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson choking back tears as he recalls his kids telling him that they lied to protect their mom in a court hearing a decade ago.Stacy St. Clair#DrewPeterson : "It seems like Stacy was lying all the time about everything."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson : "Stacy clearly had a crush on Rev. Schori."Jon Seidel#DrewPeterson calls both Kathleen and Stacy liars. Says that Stacy had a crush on Rev. Neil Schori.Stacy St. Clair#DrewPeterson : The state's attorney "picked and choosed what to believe.Jon Seidel
Storified by Craig Newman· Thu, Feb 21 2013 13:12:42
How anyone could expect Drew to just sit silently and say nothing after such an erroneous and unjust sentence with no proof at all that linked Drew to his wife's death, which already had been confirmed by a medical expert that her death was an accident,and with only hearsy statements from a bunch of angry women and relatives, accusing him of murder from day one, and who kept stirring up the press and constantly harrassing Drew publicly at his home and on television? Well, the reporter may call it ranting that Drew did in court, but I call it Defence from all the wrongs he had been subjected to, and he certainly cannot be blamed for that! I read those tweets carefully, one by one, and what I see is an innocent man who had been badly wronged and put threw the ringer by a bunch of angry accusing women, as well as the press for many long months and ignoring the fact that according to our justice system, one is presumed innocent until proven guilty, There was no concern concern at all for for Drew and his children and what they were going through or how it was affecting their lives. How could anyone expect Drew to get a fair trial after all that? And what kind of Judge could sentence Drew to 38 years in prison without granting him a new trial and the opportunity to prove his innocence when the judge knew very well there was no real evidence linking Drew to his wife's death? And again, whose death had already been confirmed by a medical expert as an accident? And how is it that they believed the second expert and not the first? Why this unjustice hasn't been overturned by now and made right by one in authority, I fail to understand! , If not overturned, surely there is enough wrongs made in this case against Drew for him to receive a new trial! And if this sentence holds and nothing is done about it, there is no justice for Drew and that is a shame!
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