Drew Peterson sent to Pontiac day after 38-year prison sentence handed down

Drew Peterson is seen in this 2013 mug shot.

February 22, 2013 4:16:53 PM PST
Drew Peterson was sentenced Thursday to 38 years for murdering one of his wives. Friday, Will County quickly sent the former Bolingbrook police officer to state prison.

Drew Peterson will spend his first night of captivity in a state prison at the Pontiac Correctional Center. It is a place known to inmates as the "Thunderdome," because it is loud, incredibly loud. Built in 1871, the place is so loud that many prisoners are on sensory overload until they can get adjusted.

After being shipped out of Bolingbrook Friday morning, Peterson made a pit stop first, at the Stateville prison near southwest suburban Crest Hill. There is a new state inmate processing center there that Peterson was walked through.

Then it was on to Pontiac, which may end up as Peterson's permanent home, at least for the first few years of his 38-year sentence.

Unlike Thursday in court, when Peterson went on a 45-minute rant about how he didn't murder his third wife Kathleen Savio -- and everyone had to listen -- there won't be captive am audience at Pontiac. Peterson is expected to be in solitary confinement at the Thunderdome, in the maximum-security unit; segregation with limited privileges.

The estimated cost to feed, water and house the wife killer: Almost $32,000 a year. If he survives his entire sentence, the full-term cost would be more than $1.2 million.

Illinois taxpayers pick up the check for Peterson's confinement, and there will be additional costs to the state to fight Peterson's expected appeal, and all of the costs associated with the next case against him that Will County prosecutors expect to bring.