Af­ter just an hour of de­lib­er­a­tion, on 31 May 2016, the jury re­turned a guilty ver­dict, and two months later, Drew Peter­son was back be­fore judge Richard Brown, who sen­tenced him to a fur­ther 40 years.

It means that Peter­son will never be re­leased, re­main­ing in prison un­til he dies.

Af­ter­wards, pros­e­cu­tor James Glas­gow – the in­tended vic­tim of Peter­son’s hit­man plot – said in a state­ment that Peter­son’s crime was not just about him, but about ev­ery state at­tor­ney.

‘This was not merely a threat to one pros­e­cu­tor,’ Glas­gow said. ‘It was an at­tack on our en­tire crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem by a no­to­ri­ous mur­derer who al­ways felt he could act out­side and above the law.

‘Pros­e­cu­tors across our state must have as­sur­ances that they are safe once these crim­i­nal en­ter­prises are un­cov­ered.’

Fourth wife Stacy’s where­abouts re­main a mys­tery. Drew Peter­son has never been charged in con­nec­tion with her dis­ap­pear­ance.

Drew Peter­son will never be re­leased from prison

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