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Prison won’t let media visit Drew Peterson

Peterson's attorney said even Matt Lauer couldn't get in

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Drew Peterson after his May 2009 arrest on charges he killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio.[]

Former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson said officials at the Terre Haute, Indiana, federal prison he was transferred to won’t let the media interview him.

“The prison won’t let the media in to see me,” Peterson, 64, said in a recent email.

Jenna Epplin, an alternate public information officer for the federal prison, where Peterson is incarcerated, denied that there was a blanket ban on media visits for Peterson.

“No,” Epplin said in an email. “Each request is reviewed on an individual case-by-case basis.”

Peterson’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said the federal prison has rejected all requests for media interviews with his client.

“They haven’t let anybody in – and a lot have tried,” Greenberg said.

Epplin last week shot down a request from The Herald-News to visit Peterson.

“Your request to interview inmate Peterson has been denied for the safety and security of the institution,” Epplin said in an email.

“You’re in good company,” Greenberg said, “because they wouldn’t let Matt Lauer in” either.

Peterson was transferred to the federal prison in Terre Haute in February 2017 after serving four years at Menard Correctional Center, an Illinois state prison.

Peterson was sentenced in 2013 to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. While he was locked up in maximum security Menard, Peterson was charged with attempting to orchestrate the killing of Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.

Peterson was convicted and sentenced to another 40 years in prison.

Peterson’s much younger fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished at the age of 23 in October 2007.

Stacy Peterson still is missing.

Soon after Stacy Peterson vanished, Illinois State Police identified Drew Peterson as a suspect in her “potential homicide,” but have never charged him.

Stacy Peterson’s disappearance prompted state police to reopen their investigation of Savio’s 2004 death, which until that time they considered a freak bathtub accident.

Peterson was charged with Savio’s murder in May 2009.

Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra Cales, said last month that Stacy’s remains are in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. She also said the state’s attorney’s office has plans to prosecute Peterson for Stacy’s homicide in the near future.

Charles B. Pelkie, the spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, said that might not be accurate.

“We’ve met with the state police on multiple occasions, and the state’s attorney has said for quite some time that he’s reviewing the case with an eye toward charging it,” Pelkie said, “but I would not say that charges are imminent.”