Judge Alfred Delucchi then allowed family members to speak, prompting a shouting match that led to Peterson's father storming out of the courtroom.the judge adopts the jury's reccomendation:
Lee Peterson yelled from the audience as Laci's brother, Brent Rocha, spoke to the court, saying "Laci and Conner are the true victims here".
"What a liar!" Lee Peterson said before the judge admonished him and he left the courtroom. Jackie Peterson, Scott Peterson's mother, also interrupted Rocha but her voice was inaudible.
In upholding the jury’s recommendation, the judge found that the killings “were cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous.”The next step for Peterson? Many long years at San Quentin.
“The court is satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant, Scott Lee Peterson, is guilty of first-degree murder” and second degree, Delucchi said.
“The factors in aggravation are so substantial when compared to the factors of mitigation that death is warranted.”