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updated: 10/12/2012 7:25 AM

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

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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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