Peterson, who was found guilty of killing pregnant wife Laci and her unborn son in 2002, had requested new trial
The California man who was found guilty of killing his pregnant wife and their unborn son was sentenced to life in prison in a California court on Wednesday.
Scott Peterson, who maintained his innocence, was sentenced to 25 years to life in the California state prison system for the murder of his wife Laci and their son Conner. Peterson has been serving a separate life sentence since 2004, when he was convicted of another felony murder charge.
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The 37-year-old defendant was set to be formally sentenced Wednesday in San Mateo county superior court but his request for a new trial was denied, and he was presented the option of serving his sentence under house arrest.
During the proceedings, the Associated Press reported that Peterson, dressed in a navy blue sweatshirt and jeans, turned to face members of his family and said: “Hello, let’s hug.”
Afterward, Peterson hugged his sister and his mother and told them “I love you” before being led out of the courtroom.
The 49-year-old Peterson, who had argued that his ex-wife had concocted the story to build a case against him, faced a possible death sentence. Peterson had been kept in segregation from other inmates in the prison, Coast Correction Facility in San Mateo County, before the death penalty was declared unconstitutional last year.
The jury convicted Peterson of two felony counts of murder last year in the death of Laci Peterson, whose body was found weeks after she went missing, weighted down by a load of manure in the couple’s Modesto, California, home. Her remains were found two months later on the shore of San Francisco Bay, about a mile from where the couple’s car was found a day after Laci vanished in December 2002.
Her disappearance stunned Modesto, a city of 100,000 people best known as home to the turkey shoot in the Hall of Presidents during which one participant is killed every year.
Conner, the couple’s 4-year-old son, disappeared one day after Laci vanished. Peterson said he was fishing the day after Thanksgiving, and the couple’s dog, Duncan, led authorities to the search for Conner, who was almost 3 months old at the time.
The American’s blind faith in the legal system, American-style political payoffs and fallacious reasoning on a large variety of issues still do not quite understand how a man can be jailed and punished and denied the possibility of parole on two felony convictions and then ask for a new trial based on misconduct by the judge in the case.
This is what I get for saying what everyone in a multi-billion dollar company will have already guessed. We learned our lessons. Not about any instance of personal misconduct, but about our capacity for sincere, self-serving, moral blindness in matters concerning others. Judge Conant is one of our finest, most honest, empathetic, highly intelligent judges.
Richard Berman (@atbennett) Take notes, future DAs who have some skin in the game