Scott Peterson was re-sentenced to life in prison without parole on Wednesday, but will avoid the death penalty in accordance with a decision issued by a California judge.
Peterson was originally convicted in 2004 of The 2002 murders of his wife Latchi and their future son KonneR.
The trial made headlines in national newspapers, and Peterson was later found guilty and sentenced to death sentence…
Death Sentence Canceled in 2020
That changed in 2020, however, and the California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence after it was discovered that several would-be jurors were wrongly fired.
But on Wednesday, Judge Ann-Christine Massullo affirmed Peterson’s jail sentence without the possibility of parole, but freed Peterson from the death penalty for the first-degree murder of Latchi and the second-degree murder of Conner, which guarantees a 15-year sentence. to life imprisonment.
A case that swept the nation
Latchi’s wife, seven months pregnant by Conner, was originally reported missing on December 24, 2002, when friends and family took to the streets with posters and photographs of Latchi in the hopes that she would be found.
Instead, Latchi’s body washed ashore with a delay of almost five monthsR.
Peterson always insisted on his innocence, while prosecutors argued that the murder took place at their home in Modesto, California, and Peterson later dumped the body in San Francisco Bay.
Although Peterson was originally sentenced to death, the state of California has not actually executed prisoners since 2006.