Prosecutors: Peterson offered inmate $10K to kill prosecutor

A southern Illinois prosecutor says former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson offered a fellow inmate $10,000 to kill the state’s attorney who prosecuted him for the death of his third wife.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker gave his opening statement Monday in Peterson’s murder-for-hire trial. Walker told jurors that the ex-Bolingbrook police sergeant was motivated by "anger, hatred, revenge."

Peterson was convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio. His fourth wife, Stacey Peterson, has been missing since 2007.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow also testified Monday, recounting the veiled threats Peterson made several years ago in court.

Peterson faces a sentence of up to 60 years if convicted. He’s pleaded not guilty.

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