Life Sentence in Jennifer Hudson Family Slayings

Wonderwall, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 11:33am (PDT)
  • CHICAGO (AP) -- The man convicted of gunning down 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 in the 2008 killings. Balfour received 120 years for other charges. Balfour was convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder and other charges.

    Hudson, an actress and singer, was in the Chicago courtroom for the sentencing.

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    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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