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Drew Peterson sentenced following court outburst

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A judge has sentenced Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife.

Will County Judge Edward Burmila imposed the sentence Thursday. The 59-year-old Peterson faced a maximum 60-year prison term.

Drew Peterson shocked a Joliet courtroom during his sentencing hearing, 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 courtroom on Thursday afternoon.

Jurors convicted Peterson in September in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio. Neighbors found her body in a dry bathtub at her home with a gash on her head.

Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but hasn't been charged. Her disappearance is what led authorities to take another look at Savio's death and reclassify it from an accident to a homicide.

Fascination nationwide with Peterson arose from speculation he sought to use his law enforcement expertise to get away with murder.

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