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