Scott Peterson has been resentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife and unborn child.
Peterson will now spend the rest of his life in prison.
And people have a lot to say about it online…
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge resentenced Peterson yesterday for the murders he committed in 2002.
He was resentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In 2005, Peterson was found guilty and sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and second-degree murder in the death of their unborn son, Conner.
Laci was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her home on Christmas Eve in 2002.
Her body was found months later in April 2003.
As per the Associated Press, authorities said that Peterson used his fish boating to transport and dump the bodies into the San Francisco Bay.
Although sentenced to death, Peterson’s death penalty was reversed in 2020 by the California Supreme Court.
The reversal of Peterson’s death penalty conviction was made after it was found that the trial judge “made a series of clear and significant errors in jury selection that, under long-standing United States Supreme Court precedent, undermined Peterson’s right to an impartial jury at the penalty phase,” People reports.
As per Associated Press, the California Supreme Court justices said at the time: “Peterson contends his trial was flawed for multiple reasons, beginning with the unusual amount of pretrial publicity that surrounded the case. We reject Peterson’s claim that he received an unfair trial as to guilt and thus affirm his convictions for murder.”
“While a court may dismiss a prospective juror as unqualified to sit on a capital case if the juror’s views on capital punishment would substantially impair his or her ability to follow the law, a juror may not be dismissed merely because he or she has expressed opposition to the death penalty as a general matter,” they also said.
In court yesterday, Judge Anne-Christine Massullo ordered Peterson to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Laci.
And a sentence of fifteen years to life for the second-degree murder of Conner, with the sentences running concurrently.
During the hearing, Laci’s family spoke out against Peterson.
Laci’s mom, Sharon Rocha, confronted Peterson about her daughters murder, stating: “You betrayed her, your son and everyone else. You ended two beautiful souls,” People reports.
Rocha told the court about an evening just before Laci was killed when she had dinner with Laci and Scott.
Rocha said that she was sitting on a couch, touching Laci’s belly to try to feel the baby kick when Laci told her mom: “Scott doesn’t want to do that. He doesn’t want to feel the baby move. But he’ll come around someday.”
“All the while we were there that evening you were already planning her murder,” Rocha said in court. “That evening was the last time I saw my daughter alive.”
“Two things will never change. Laci and Connor will always be dead and you will always be their murderer.”
As per CBS News, Laci’s sister Amy Rocha also said in court that in the past nineteen years, “not a day has gone by that I don’t think about my sister and the life she could have had and the life we could have all had with Connor.”
“I always think of how unfair it is that I don’t have a sister anymore and I feel so cheated that I don’t have that special relationship that others have. You took that away from me.”
Brent Rocha, Laci’s brother also added: “There are no words able to express the pain associated with not being able to experience life together.”
Describing Peterson as “sociopathic,” he said: “The disregard for Laci and Connor’s lives warrant the most severe punishment.
“He has shown absolutely no remorse and continues not to accept responsibility for his actions.”
Defense attorney Pat Harris spoke noting “that there is a very strong basis for Mr. Peterson to state his innocence.”
Though she admitted this hearing was “not the place to retry the case,” she said that Peterson has “been sitting in a prison cell for 17 years waiting for the opportunity to be heard again.”
Peterson will now return to court in early 2022 to review the possibility of a new trial.