The defendant is currently serving a sentence of 15 years to Life following a conviction for Murder. The victim in this case was only 17-years-old and had been dating the defendant. One week before her death, the victim broke up with the defendant and asked him to leave her alone. On the day of the murder, the defendant and the victim began to argue. He forced the victim, at knife point, to go to his apartment. Witnesses noticed that the victims hands were bloody and saw Peterson hit her, causing her to fall down a flight of stairs. Peterson continued to lunge at the victim with a knife. The victim was able to escape to the street. Peterson finally caught up with victim and stabbed her several times in front of her own sister, causing her death.