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Attorney: Peterson Will Have A Better Life In State Prison

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Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., Friday, May 8, 2009, for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. (M. Spender Green/AP)

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JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — One of Drew Peterson’s lawyers has some interesting things to say about the kind of life Peterson will be living in the next couple of months.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, sentencing won’t happen for another 2 1/2 months for Peterson, who was convicted this past Thursday of the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Between now and then, Peterson will continue to sit in the Will County Jail. But once he is sentenced, he will be moved to a state prison.

Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, says his client’s life will actually improve, compared with the confined and isolated conditions Peterson must deal with at the Will County Jail.

“In the Department of Corrections, he’ll be able to get outside; he’ll be able to use athletic equipment, I mean, all those things – his life will actually be improved when he gets to DOC,” Brodsky said, “I mean, not as good as being out, obviously, but still.”

Brodsky says Peterson will spend at least a year in state prison before there is a ruling on an appeal of his conviction.

Peterson was arrested and charged with Savio’s murder in 2009, and has been held at the Will County Jail ever since. A jury convicted him of the murder this week following two days of deliberation.

Savio’s body was found in a dry bathtub on March 1, 2004, and her death was initially ruled an accidental drowning. But Savio’s death was reclassified as a homicide following a new autopsy, after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in late October 2007.

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