Jennifer Hudson was in the courtroom today when William Balfour was given three consecutive life sentences in the murders of her brother, mother and nephew.
A Cook County jury convicted Balfour in May of killing the Oscar-winning actress’ family members out of jealousy because his estranged wife, Hudson’s sister Julia, wanted out of the relationship and was seeing another man.
Balfour, 31, faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole because of the multiple murders. In a brief statement in court today before he is sentenced for the murders of three relatives of singer Jennifer Hudson, William Balfour offered “condolences” the family.
“My condolences go out to the family,” said Balfour, who was estranged from Hudson’s wife, Julia, at the time of the murders. “My deepest sympathies go to Julian King. I loved him. I still love him.”
King was Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, who was among the three killed in 2008. A female member of Balfour’s family burst into tears and ran out of the courtroom after Balfour spoke.
Balfour spoke as he stood at the defense table in a tan jail jumpsuit and looked toward his own family, not at Jennifer Hudson or her family who were seated across the aisle.