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Drew Peterson pays respects to late mother

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Convicted murder Drew Peterson was allowed to attend a private visitation at a suburban funeral home for his 84-year-old mother, who died earlier this week.

In shackles and accompanied by several Will County sheriff's deputies, Peterson was taken Thursday to a funeral home in Darien to pay respects to Betty Morphey

Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky says Peterson was given 15 to 30 minutes at the funeral home before being taken back to Will County jail, where he is awaiting sentencing.

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 26, after being convicted last month of murdering then-wife Kathleen Savio.

Peterson was convicted after a six-week trial in which prosecutors based their case on normally barred hearsay evidence, which was allowed after the Illinois legislature passed a law tailored to his case.

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