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Killer of Hudson's family jailed for life


The man convicted of murdering Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and young nephew was sentenced to life in prison yesterday, with the judge deriding him as a man with “the heart of an Arctic night”.

William Balfour had been convicted in May of breaking into the Hudson family home and fatally shooting Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King. Cook County Judge Charles Patrick Burns sentenced Balfour to three consecutive life terms with no parole, plus 120 years for aggravated kidnapping and home invasion. He told Balfour: "Your soul is as barren as dark space."

Hudson, left, who won an Academy Award for her role in Dreamgirls, wiped her eyes frequently during the sentencing hearing before leaving the court without making a statement.

Balfour's motive was jealousy of his estranged wife, Julia Hudson, Jennifer's sister, whom he threatened numerous times, saying he would kill her after he killed her family, according to witnesses at the 11-day trial that ended with his conviction on May 11.