FILE - In this May 7, 2009 file booking photo provided by the Will County Sheriff's office in Joliet, Ill., former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson is shown. Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 drowning death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. Opening statements in his trial are scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Will County Sheriff's Office, File)
One year after being found guilty for the murder of his third wife, Drew Peterson’s letters from prison reveal his true fears about a place he’s called home since he was sentenced.
Peterson’s former attorney, Joel Brodsky, revealed the letters exclusively to WFLD in Chicago. Peterson has been in prison in southern Illinois since February and has written Brodsky nine letters.
He was convicted for the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Savio’s death was initially ruled an accidental drowning, but after his fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared, investigators looked into the case once again. Prosecutors ultimately found him guilty of premeditated murder last September. (Via WLS-TV)
In the letters, Peterson expresses his fears for safety and vents about his less-than-ideal living conditions.
“I feel I’m going to die in here. If the inmates don’t get me I’m gonna be killed by the cruel guards. … Prison is all the nightmarish things that one would think. … I’m in a cell the size of a broom closet, peeling paint, rusting fixtures, I have no TV or anything and I haven’t been out since I got here.” (Via Examiner)
The former police officer has been kept in solitary confinement since his 38-year-sentence began. Brodsky says Peterson has kept himself busy in prison by writing a lot of letters to different people. (Via WBFF)
Brodsky adds he’s been writing back and forth with Peterson because he wants to keep him from getting too down on himself in jail and even shares his opinion about his former client’s prison sentence. (Via WIAT)
One of Savio’s sisters said she had no mercy for Peterson despite his living conditions and added she wishes he would die in prison. (Via WTVW)
This past Friday marked one year since Peterson was convicted. Peterson already served four years before his sentencing, if he finishes out his sentence he won’t be released until 2047. If Peterson lives that long, he’ll be in his early 90s.