William Balfour has finally received his sentencing. Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia opted to take the witness stand before the man convicted of killing their three family members was sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison Tuesday, July 25th, 2012.
It was Cook County Judge Charles Burns that reamed into Balfour for the slayings that claimed the lives of the superstar's mother, brother and nephew Julian king.
Judge Burns sentenced him to three life terms without the possibility of parole. The judge also sentenced William Balfour to an additional 120 years for the home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a stolen motor vehicle convictions tied to the "chilling" triple murders that were fueled by Balfour's jealousy over the budding relationship between his then estranged wife, Julia Hudson, and another man.
Jennifer Hudson squeezed her sister's hand, occasionally dabbing her eyes with a tissue as the judge lambasted Balfour for fatally shooting the mother-in-law he felt was meddling in his crumbling marriage, the brother-in-law he branded an enemy and the boy who may have witnessed the bloodshed inside the home, in the 7000 block of South Yale.
Gregory King had told Burns he has nothing but ill wishes and rage toward Balfour, who flaunted his countless affairs but executed Julia Hudson's loved ones four years ago because he couldn't fathom the thought of her with someone else. King, who didn't testify during Balfour's jury trial last spring, said when Julia Hudson had called him on Oct. 24, 2008, to tell him her mother and brother were found murdered in their Englewood home and that their little boy was missing, his heart dropped. The news grew bleaker when 3 days later Julian's body was found on the West Side inside his uncle's stolen SUV.
Burns rejected Balfour's bid for a new trial after his lawyer cited in part the "prejudicial effect" the actress' presence in the court had on the jury. Balfour told Burns he plans to appeal the sentencing.
Balfour eventually pleaded guilty to attempted murder and carjacking and served seven years behind bars for the crime. He was on parole when he murdered the Hudsons and Julian. Balford and Julian's divorce was finalized late last year as he awaited trial according to court records.