Brian Peck, 60, was harshly rebuked Monday by a judge who said he showed “irretrievable depravity” in the 2017 slaying and dismemberment of 76-year-old Gail Peck in their shared suburban Chicago home, the Daily Herald reported.
Peck, of Elgin, was sentenced to 50 years for killing his mother, 20 years for dismembering her body and five years for concealing her death. But he’ll spend 62 ½ years in prison — minus roughly four years he completed while awaiting trial — since the latter sentences will be served at 50%, the newspaper reported.
Peck was convicted in February of killing his mother — a breast cancer survivor and dog-lover whose friends said would celebrate life “even if there was no occasion,” the Daily Herald reported.
“How can you value your mother so cheaply?” Gail Peck’s longtime pal, Sherry Orrico, asked in court Monday. “She did not get the honor she deserves because she is buried in pieces with parts of her still missing … Now I know evil is just evil. There’s nothing to understand.”
Peck had insisted he killed his mother in self-defense after she attacked him with a knife for repeatedly playing a Jimi Hendrix song.
Peck said he then “swept” his mother’s leg, knocking her to the floor, before stomping on her and putting his foot to her throat. He proceeded to dismember her body and put some of her remains into garbage bags that he tossed into Lake Michigan, the newspaper reported.