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CHICAGO TRIBUNE - Peterson Faces loss of pension
"An investigator hired by the Bolingbrook Police Pension Fund has found there's enough evidence to begin forfeiture proceedings against the retired sergeant. Under Illinois law, the board could revoke Peterson's $79,000 a year pension if it finds he used his law-enforcement powers or skills to drown his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Peterson's pension, however cannot be stripped without a public hearing at which he could call witnesses and board members would almost act like jurors. He has a right to attend the proceedings, too, which could create a logistical nightmare for village officials."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - PETERSON'S APPEAL
January 14, 2014
"The entire appeal, however, faces tough odds. Though there are thousands of criminal appeals filed in Illinois each year, only a small percentage lead to new trials." At the link, Petrerson's reasons for turning over his sentence are stated.