Drew Peterson's Son Standing Up for Father

Young Peterson releases father from lawsuit

Sunday, Jan 16, 2011  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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Drew Peterson’s now 18-year-old son is standing up in defense of his father, according to the Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed.

Thomas Peterson sent a letter to Sneed, published in Sunday’s Sun-Times.

The younger Peterson is also the son of Kathleen Savio, the woman his father is accused of murdering. But Thomas Peterson says “I know my father is innocent.”

    “I am not stupid. I am first in my class at Bolingbrook High School, an Illinois State Scholar, Vice President of the National Honor Society, and have over a 4.7 grade point average — accomplishments higher than what most people would dream of achieving.

    “Nobody is pulling the wool over my eyes. I know to an absolute 1000% moral certainty that my father Drew Peterson is innocent in the death of my mother Kathleen Savio."

Sneed reports that Thomas signed a document that releases his father from a wrongful death lawsuit filed on his behalf by his grandfather and aunt. Two other siblings remain as plaintiffs in the suit.

In the letter, Thomas says he had almost no contact with the relatives who filed the suit, and he wants them to leave him alone.

    “How Henry J. Savio can sue my father on my behalf is just crazy. I have only met Henry J. Savio once in my entire life, and that was for five seconds at my mother’s funeral."

Thomas says Drew Peterson “supports me, loves me, and set me on the path to success … I love him. I pray he will be free soon so that he can give the same drive to my brothers and sister that he gave to me, and be back with his family where he belongs.”

Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson’s attorney, says he will send the document removing Thomas Peterson from the lawsuit to Savio family attorneys by Monday.

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