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Exclusive Drew Peterson jailhouse letters: Prison is `nightmarish`

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One year ago today, a jury in Will County found Drew Peterson guilty of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio. He is now serving a 38 year prison sentence.

According to his former attorney Joel Brodsky, prison is proving to be even worse than Peterson expected.

Brodsky showed FOX 32 News some of the letters from the convicted killer and also talked about Drew's life as an inmate.

Joel Brodsky says he's gotten nine letters from Drew Peterson since the former Bolingbrook Police sergeant started serving his time at the Menard Correctional Center downstate on February 22.

Brodsky read a portion of one letter dated March 7.

"Prison is all the nighmarish things that one would think," Peterson writes. "I'm in a cell the size of a broom closet, peeling paint, rusting fixtures, I have no TV or anything and I haven't been out since I got here. The food is terrible and I'm again in solitary confinement."

Peterson is being housed in protective custody because he's a former cop and Brodsky says because of his so-called "celebrity" status.

"I know he's writing a lot of letters, I mean he's got a number of pen pals, he's told me." Brodsky says. "So he stays busy writing letters and corresponding with people and, thinking about his appeal and I know he writes his children often."

Brodsky would not discuss much about Peterson's letters, citing attorney client privilege, but did share part of a second letter dated April 11, 2013.

Peterson wrote: "Joel, did you ever feel that something was going to happen before it does? I feel I'm going to die in here. If the inmates don't get me I'm gonna be killed by the cruel guards."

Brodsky describes the tone of Peterson's letters as at times thoughtful, reflective or wisecracking. Even though he's not representing Peterson in his appeal, Brodsky still writes back for several reasons.

"One is to help keep his spirits up," Brodsky believes. "Two: to give him my opinion about certain things going on and Three just to reminisce a little bit about things that occurred over the last five years of our lives that were pretty extraordinary."

When asked if there have been any confessions in the letters, Brodsky responded, "None that I could tell you about, but no that wouldn't even be something I would ask him about."

FOX 32's Craig Wall spoke to Kathleen Savio's sister Sue Doman, who did not even realize it was the anniversary of Peterson's conviction. When told about his letters, she said she has no sympathy for Peterson whatsoever, adding that she just wishes he would die.

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