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Former Police Officer Guilty of Murder for Hire

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FILE - Former Bolingbrook, Illinois, police officer Drew Peterson arrives for court in Joliet, Illinois, May 8, 2009. On May 31, 2016, jurors found Peterson guilty of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in his third wife's death.

FILE - Former Bolingbrook, Illinois, police officer Drew Peterson arrives for court in Joliet, Illinois, May 8, 2009. On May 31, 2016, jurors found Peterson guilty of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in his third wife's death.

Former Chicago police officer and convicted wife killer Drew Peterson has been found guilty of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped to convict him.

Peterson, who sat expressionless as the verdict was read in court Tuesday, already is serving time for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. It was the lead prosecutor in his murder trial, State's Attorney James Glasgow, whom Peterson targeted for death from inside prison.

Peterson faces a mandatory sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison for solicitation of murder for hire, and 15 to 30 years in prison for solicitation of murder. His sentencing is scheduled for July 26.

Glasgow issued a statement saying that, rather than accept responsibility for killing Savio and serve his sentence, Peterson broke the law again.

Savio's death initially was deemed accidental. Glasgow reopened the case after the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, Peterson's 23-year-old fourth wife. Peterson was never charged in her disappearance, but told an informant he worried that Glasgow eventually would do so.

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