WATCH: SCPD officers & family members of Scott Peterson testify during sentencing hearing for Scott Peterson. Friday, May 25, 2018. https://t.co/isC6a2nOZJ pic.twitter.com/U3n2nh5WKN — HSI San Diego (@HSIDSanDiego) May 25, 2018
Scott Peterson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at a hearing Friday, more than 11 years after the murder of his wife and unborn child.
He was convicted in March of capital murder in the deaths of Laci Peterson and their unborn son, but prosecutors opted not to seek the death penalty.
“Now, as we have seen, the system has had no hesitation making us complicit in Scott Peterson’s crimes and we take that very seriously,” said Kate Erbe, a sister of Laci Peterson.
Life without parole for Scott Peterson. What an opportunity missed for California’s felons. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 25, 2018
“It is with deep remorse and the realization that what we did not know back then could never be greater knowledge, that the penalty of life without parole isn’t a death sentence,” Erbe said.
Laci’s family also expressed a desire to see Peterson “rot in hell.”
“They want him to be shown the rest of his life what his victims went through — to sit on his death row, in pain and agony — and rot in hell,” Christine Leverson, Laci’s aunt, said.
Prosecutors said there was overwhelming physical evidence — including a DNA sample from Laci — tying Peterson to the 2003 murders of his pregnant wife and son.