Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Stacy and Drew with children Lacy, Kris, Tom and Anthony in a Christmas portrait.

Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson holds Thomas Peterson, his oldest child with ex-wife Kathleen Savio.
(Courtesy of the Peterson family)

Drew Peterson Charged With Felony Weapons Offense After Surrendering to Police

FOX NEWS/ Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Prosecutors have charged the prime suspect in Stacy Peterson's disappearance with a felony weapons offense.

Drew Peterson, 54, turned himself in to Illinois State Police Wednesday, after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

The former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant was processed and then released later in the afternoon after one of his son's posted bail.

Peterson walked into the police station shortly before 1 p.m. CDT, accompanied by his attorney, Joel Brodsky. He was taken shortly afterward to the Will County jail.

The weapons charge, a class three felony, stems from the fact that one of the 11 guns authorities seized Nov. 1 in their investigation into Peterson's fourth wife Stacy's disappearance is shorter than allowed by Illinois law, according to Brodsky. Specifically, the rifle's barrel doesn't meet the 16-inch length requirement.

Brodsky said the weapon in question is an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle that Peterson used while he was a police sergeant.

Peterson claimed he legally owned the rifle as an officer, and the law only pertains to civilians.

If convicted of unlawful use of a weapon, Peterson faces up to five years in prison. A court date hasn't yet been scheduled.
His son posted $7,5000, or 10 percent of a $75,000 bond, to secure his release pending trial.

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