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3 life sentences for Balfour in Hudson family murders

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William Balfour, who was convicted by a Cook County jury in May in the 2008 murders of singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge Charles Burns imposed three consecutive life sentences for the murders and 120 years for the underlying felonies of home invasion and aggravated kidnapping. Jennifer Hudson was in court for the sentencing.

In a brief statement in court Tuesday before he is sentenced, Balfour offered “condolences” the family.
 
"My condolences go out to the family," said Balfour, who was estranged from Hudson’s wife, Julia, at the time of the murders. "My deepest sympathies go to Julian King. I loved him. I still love him."

An emotional Burns told Balfour his crimes "send a chill through all of us" and said Balfour had "a soul is as barren as dark space."

The judge also said he was appalled that Balfour would claim to love Julian.

"The fact that you can stand in court and tell us you love that child is an insult to all of us," Burns said. "There's no doubt in my mind he looked up to you as you were putting bullets into his head," Burns said in a shaking voice.

Balfour looked at the judge without expression as he spoke.

Jennifer Hudson is in court Tuesday for the sentencing of William Balfour, who was convicted of murdering her mother, brother and nephew in 2008.

William Balfour was once Hudson’s brother-in-law. He was convicted in May of going on a killing spree because Hudson’s sister wanted to break up with him.

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