Scott Peterson, who was convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Lacey Peterson, and their unborn child, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for her death in 2002.
A judge also sentenced him to 15 years in prison for life for the death of unborn baby Koner. The judge said the sentences would be carried out simultaneously.
Peterson, 49, spent more than 15 years on death row in California after being convicted of the murders. The state Supreme Court overturned his ruling last year after determining that jurors who did not agree to the death penalty were improperly dismissed.
The county supreme court moved him to a San Mateo County jail before sentencing him, the county supreme court told NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento.
Before his sentencing, Lacey Peterson’s mother, sister and brother spoke in court.
Her mother, Sharon Rocha, described in detail the last time she saw and spoke to her daughter.
“I have never seen any grief or remorse from you. I know you would say you have no remorse because you are innocent, but you have not shown any grief or sorrow to either of them,” she said. “I still feel sad every day after 19 years.”
Rocha described Peterson as a “coward” and told him to confess to killing his wife and unborn child.
“No matter what happens, no matter what happens in the future, there are two things that will never change: Lacey and Conner will always die, and you will always be their killer,” she said.
Brent Rocha, brother of Lacey Peterson, said the deaths “devastated and shocked” the family. Amy Rocha, her sister, broke down in tears as she read the victim impact statement.
“She broke all of our hearts by taking the lives of Lacey and Conner,” she said. “I feel sad that she has never met my family and her family…there have been so many special occasions that Lacey and Conner were supposed to be here for. It makes me feel sick here today in front of you again.
“Although the death penalty has been lifted, you will continue to be punished in this life and after,” she concluded.
Lacey Peterson, 27, was eight months pregnant with their son Conner, when she was murdered in December 2002, five years after she and Peterson were married.
Prosecutors said he dumped his wife’s body in Berkeley Marina on Christmas Eve and attempted to cover up the crime by making her appear missing, according to online court records. Wash her body later beach.
A jury convicted Peterson of murder in 2004. He was sentenced the following year.
Peterson sought to overturn his conviction, with his attorneys claiming that a juror known as Juror 7 had been dishonest and concealed details of her personal life that could have caused a conflict.
The juror, Rachel Ness, is charged with “malicious misconduct” for failing to disclose that she was a victim of domestic violence and sought a restraining order in 2000 over concerns that her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend would harm her unborn child.
Ness, who co-authored a book on the case with other jurors, denied that she was influenced by her experiences with domestic violence. The KCRA reported that a hearing on the allegations of jury misconduct is scheduled for late February.
Peterson’s attorney said that if he gets a new trial, he will present new evidence to support his claim that Lacey Peterson was murdered when she found a burglary.
Associated Press Contributed.