Life sentence in Jennifer Hudson family slayings

This undated photo provided April 6, 2012 by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows William Balfour who is charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar winner and singer Jennifer Hudson. (AP Photo/Cook County Sheriff's Department)
July 24, 2012 1:39:30 PM PDT
The man convicted of gunning down the mother, brother and nephew of Jennifer Hudson will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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. Prosecutors contend he shot the family members in a jealous rage because she was dating another man.


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