William Balfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia Hudson and murderer of Jennifer’s mother, brother and nephew Julian appeared in Cook County court today for sentencing. He was given three consecutive life terms and an additional 120 years in prison for other crimes tied to the murders.
Balfour’s lawyer requested a new trial citing that Jennifer Hudson’s celebrity presence has a “prejudicial effect” on the jury.
The Cook County Judge Charles Burns rejected that request.
Jennifer, Gregory King - Julian's father - and several others headed to the courthouse today to speak their last words at Balfour’s sentencing.
Hudson and others spoke earlier on Balfour’s criminal past - before the murders - including a car-jacking incident in 1998.
Gregory King, the deceased boy's father, also testified against Balfour saying the moment he found out his son was missing, “it was like a chunk of my heart was ripped out” and said to Balfour that he has many “ill wishes for you.”
Back in April, Jennifer testified that she never liked Balfour and even begged her sister not to marry him.
“None of us, myself, my mother or my brother, we did not like how he treated her, and I didn’t like how he treated my nephew,” says Hudson.
Balfour spoke in court today, giving his “condolences” to the family and even had the nerve to say that he still loved Hudson’s nephew, Julian King, to which the judge snapped back, “that is an insult to all of us.”