News: BREAKING: William Balfour Receives Multiple Life Sentences After Jennifer Hudson Family Slayings

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 3:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

R&B singer Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law William Balfour has been sentenced to multiple life sentences for murdering three family members, including her mother, nearly four years ago.

Balfour appeared in court on Tuesday (July 24) and received the sentence.

William Balfour has been sentenced to serve THREE CONSECUTIVE LIFE SENTENCES in prison for murdering three members of Jennifer Hudson's family. Balfour was in a Chicago courtroom for his sentencing, and proclaimed his innocence right up to the end. Jennifer Hudson was also present. During the sentencing hearing, the judge looked Balfour in the eyes and said, "Your soul is as barren as dark space." 31-year-old Balfour stands convicted of the triple murder after allegedly flying into a blind and jealous rage in 2008 -- when he believed his ex-girlfriend (Jennifer's sister) had received a gift from her new boyfriend. (TMZ)

Although the slayings took place back in 2008, 31 year-old William Balfour was not convicted until May..

An Illinois jury on Friday found the estranged brother-in-law of Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson guilty of murdering three members of her family in 2008. William Balfour, 31, was found guilty of breaking into the Hudson family home and fatally shooting Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King. He faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. (Reuters)

Hudson was also in attendance when Balfour's fate was read.

Hudson, who expressed her undisguised disdain for William Balfour when she took the witness stand and who endured weeks of excruciating testimony about the October 2008 killings, was visibly overcome with emotion as the verdict was read. Hudson's eyes filled with tears and she shook her head and bit her lip. Afterward, she looked over at her sister, Julia Hudson, and smiled. (MSNBC)

The Hudson family murders all took place in October 2008.

Balfour was accused of shooting Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, in the living room of the Hudson family home on Chicago's South Side on Oct. 24, 2008, then shooting her brother, Jason Hudson, 29, in the head as he lay in bed. Balfour then allegedly abducted Julia Hudson's son, Julian King, and shot him in a sport utility vehicle that was found abandoned after a three-day search. (Los Angeles Times)

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