Convicted Wife Killer Drew Peterson Charged With Trying To Hire Hitman To Kill Prosecutor

CHICAGO -Convicted wife killer Drew Peterson appeared in a downstate courtroom Monday morning on charges of trying to arrange a murder-for-hire-plot against a southwest suburban prosecutor.

Peterson, 61, is charged with solicitation of murder for hire, and solicitation of murder for the plot he tried to carry out between September 2013 and December 2014 against Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

He appeared in Randolph County Court Monday morning and is next scheduled to appear March 3, a statement from state prosecutors said.

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, was convicted in 2012 of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. His fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007, and has not been found. He is serving a 38-year sentence at the Menard Correctional Center in southwest Illinois.

Both crimes are Class X felonies; the murder-for-hire charge carries a mandatory prison term of at least 20 years; the solicitation charge carries a mandatory minimum term of 15 years, prosecutors said.