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Pension board looking to strip Drew Peterson of retirement benefit

Drew Peters| IDOC pho2013

Drew Peterson | IDOC photo 2013

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Updated: March 7, 2013 2:14PM

The Bolingbrook Police Pension Board is looking to strip convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson of his police pension, officials said.

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, was convicted in September of the March 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in her Bolingbrook house. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison.

Attorney Steve Greenberg, one of Peterson’s lawyers, said he was aware the board was attempting to eliminate Peterson’s pension but believes the effort will be fruitless.

The pension board is made up of village administrators and police union officials. Board members referred all questions to the board’s lawyer, Richard Remer, who did not return calls Wednesday.

Greenberg said Peterson was not found guilty of any official misconduct that would warrant ending his pension, and he expects that Peterson will challenge any attempt by the board to take it away.

Also, Will County prosecutors announced in court this week that Peterson’s defense team is withdrawing from his appeal of his conviction and has asked the Illinois appellate defender’s office to handle it.

The defense attorneys had earlier indicated they would handle Peterson’s appeal and were confident that his conviction would be overturned.

If that doesn’t occur, Peterson won’t be eligible for release from prison until he is 93.

He remains the main suspect in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, who was 23 when she vanished.

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