JOLIET, Ill. - Drew Peterson shocked an Illinois courtroom during his sentencing hearing in the death of his third wife, shouting "I did not kill Kathleen!"
Someone in the court audience responded by shouting back, "Yes, you did." That person was then removed from the Joliet courtroom on Thursday afternoon.
Peterson's outburst came as Will County Judge Edward Burmila was preparing to sentence him for murdering Kathleen Savio.
Peterson began his appeal to the judge today by telling him, "Good day, my name is Drew Peterson. I hope I don't aggravate the situation here, but I have a lot of things to be said." Then he screamed, "I did not kill Kathleen!"
Burmila then sentenced Peterson to 38 years in prison for murdering his wife.
Burmila imposed the sentence Thursday. The 59-year-old Peterson faced a maximum 60-year prison term.
Earlier Thursday, the judge denied a request for Peterson to have a new trial. Peterson's current legal team had argued for a new trial on grounds his former lead attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched the case.
Savio's body was found in a dry bathtub with a gash on her head in 2004.