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Drew Peterson Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison for Murder of Kathleen Savio

Drew Peterson was sentenced Thursday in the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, after a judge denied a motion for a new murder trial.

By Melissa Sersland

Drew Peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. 

Keep up with what's happening inside the courtroom in our Drew Peterson sentencing Storify. 

Judge Edward Burmila made the decision Thursday after denying a motion for a new murder trial. The hearing to determine if a new trial would take place began Tuesday. 

The lawyers for convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson argued for two days that he was deprived of a fair trial by an attorney more worried about becoming a media darling than representing his client.

Peterson, who is 59, would be in jail until he is 93 under the sentence. Peterson will be required to serve his full sentence.

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