Former policeman Drew Peterson, who came to national attention after the disappearance of his fourth wife in 2007, has been attacked by a fellow inmate in the maximum-security federal facility in Terre Haute prison. Peterson sustained no injuries, but has been separated from the rest of the population temporarily.
Peterson had served as an Illinois cop for 30 years before being convicted of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2012. He was sentencted to 38 years for that crime. Later, he was sentenced to an additional 40 years following the his conviction over the attempted murder of a state prosecutor. He is still under suspicion for the death of his fourth wife. After his arrests, he made numerous public appearances, including an interview on Larry King Live, to defend himself. A Lifetime movie about his crimes was made in 2011.
Now, according to Fox News, Peterson was involved in an altercation with another incarcerated individual who attacked him with his food tray. Attorney Steven Greenberg said he was “looking into the matter.”
AOL adds that this is the second time Peterson had been attacked within the month of April. He was moved to a different unit after the first attack. The New York Daily News reports that this most recent attacker wanted to sell Peterson's personal items on eBay.
"Offender Peterson is a threat to safety and security of the department and therefore an Interstate Corrections Compact Agreement transfer is being initiated by IDOC," Doug Stephens of the Illinois Department of Corrections had written in a letter.
"With his placement outside of Illinois Department of Corrections, it is imperative this offender be continually monitored through his mail as well as telephone conversations due to his former actions."
Peterson is eligible for parole in 2081.
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