Life sentence in Hudson slayings

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OSCAR-winning actress Jennifer Hudson shook her head in disgust as her brother-in-law proclaimed his innocence prior to receiving a life sentence for slaying her mother, brother and young nephew.

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, was convicted in May of killing his in-laws in October 2008 and then hiding his stepson's body to try to cover his crimes.

It was three days before the boy's desperate mother and aunt learned that he was also dead and not just held captive.

Judge Charles Burns sentenced Balfour to life without the chance of parole - a mandatory sentence given his conviction on multiple murders.

"Your soul is as barren as dark space," Burns told Balfour as he ordered that the three life sentences be served consecutively to ensure Balfour never tastes freedom.


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