Chicago Tribune: Judge Gives Balfour 3 Life Sentences, Calls His Soul ‘Barren’

Source: Chicago Tribune

William Balfour, who was convicted by a Cook County jury in May in the 2008 murders of singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge Charles Burns imposed three consecutive life sentences for the murders and 120 years for the underlying felonies of home invasion and aggravated kidnapping.

An emotional Burns told Balfour his crimes “send a chill through all of us” and said Balfour’s “soul is as barren as dark space.”

The judge said he was appalled that Balfour would claim to love Julian King, Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew who was among the three murder victims.

“The fact that you can stand in court and tell us you love that child is an insult to all of us,” Burns said.

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