Williiam Balfour Gets 3 Life Sentences In Jennifer Hudson Family Murders

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Carissa Fox)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Carissa Fox)
The man convicted of murdering the mother, brother and nephew of Jennifer Hudson will spend the rest of his life in prison.

** FILE ** In this Oct. 6, 2008 file photo, Jennifer Hudson poses at the premiere of the film "The Secret Life of Bees" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - The man convicted of murdering the mother, brother and nephew of Jennifer Hudson will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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A Cook County judge on Tuesday gave William Balfour three life sentences. Balfour was convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder in the 2008 killings. The actress and singer was in the Chicago courtroom for the sentencing.

The sentencing came after Circuit Judge Charles Burns denied a request from Balfour for a new trial.

Balfour faced a mandatory life sentence. Illinois does not have the death penalty.

Balfour was married to Hudson's sister, Julia. Prosecutors contend he shot the family members in a jealous rage because she was dating another man.


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