William Balfour received three life sentences today for the 2008 murders of singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Judge Charles Burns imposed three consecutive life sentences for the murders and 120 years for the underlying felonies of home invasion and aggravated kidnapping.
Read full article after the jumpBurns told Balfour that his “soul is barren as dark space” and that the murders “send a chill through all of us.”
The judge was especially appalled that Balfour claimed to still love Julian King, the 7-year old nephew of Hudson that he murdered.
“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 into his head. I just hope his terror was short-lived.”
Balfour made a statement to the victim’s families while in court.
“My condolences go out to the family,” said Balfour. “My deepest sympathies go to Julian King. I loved him. I still love him.“