Life sentence in Jennifer Hudson family slayings

CHICAGO — The man convicted of gunning down the mother, brother and nephew of Jennifer Hudson will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A Cook County judge on Tuesday gave William Balfour three life sentences in the 2008 killings. Balfour received 120 years for other charges. Balfour was convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder and other charges.

Hudson, an actress and singer, was in the Chicago courtroom for the sentencing.

The sentencing came after Circuit Judge Charles Burns denied a request from Balfour for a new trial.

Balfour faced a mandatory life sentence. Illinois does not have the death penalty.

Balfour was married to Hudson's sister. Prosecutors contend he shot the family members in a jealous rage because she was dating another man.

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