William Balfour (pictured), who was convicted for brutally murdering three of Jennifer Hudson‘s family members, has been sentenced to three consecutive natural life sentences, plus 120 years in prison, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Balfour, who was the ex-husband of Hudson’s sister Jennifer, was convicted of the first-degree murder deaths of Hudson’s mom, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson; her brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson; and 7-year-old nephew Julian King.
The 31-year-old also faced charges of home invasion and residential burglary.
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Hudson was present for the sentencing, dabbing away her tears as she stared down man whom she begged her sister not to marry. Balfour maintained his innocence throughout the trial.
Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns denied Balfour’s earlier request for a new trial. Balfour argued that Hudson’s testimony unfairly influenced the jury because of her widespread fame.
Burns was clearly offended by the expressionless Balfour who stood before him in the courtroom. The judge said his crimes “send a chill through all of us” and said Balfour’s “soul is as barren as dark space.” Burns also stated that 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 in to his head,” Burns said in a voice that was fraught with emotion according to the Chicago Tribune. “I just hope his terror was short-lived.”
On May 11, a jury convicted Balfour, who was on parole at the time of the killings, for the Oct. 2008 murders. Prosecutors say he senselessly shot all three because he was jealous that Julia had been dating other men.
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