Man Convicted Of Killing Jennifer Hudson's Family Given Life In Prison
The man convicted of murdering Jennifer Hudsonís mother, brother and nephew will spend the rest of his life in prison. This afternoon, a judge handed out three life sentences plus an additional one hundred and twenty years to William Balfour, as well as a stern lecture in which he called the defendantís soul ďas barren as dark spaceĒ.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Balfour addressed the court prior to sentencing, offering his condolences to the family and claiming to still love the seven-year-old child he murdered. His words brought tears to the Hudson family, one of whom ran out of the courtroom, while the judgeís punishment issued later brought a sense of relief. Balfour spending the rest of his life in jail wonít bring any of the three missing souls back, but it is at least some measure of justice.
At the time of the murders, Balfour was estranged from his wife, Jennifer Hudsonís sister Julia. He entered the family home, murdered Hudsonís mother Darnell Donnerson, her brother Jason Hudson and abducted seven-year-old Julian. Police issued an Amber Alert, but by the time the boy was found, he was dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
The horrifying saga might be over, but the wounds will no doubt be there for the rest of the Hudson familyís lives. Nothing can take back what happened that day, but at least this is something.