William Balfour Receives Three Life Sentences for Murdering Jennifer Hudson's Family

Actress-singer's former brother-in-law was found guilty in May

William Balfour receives three life sentences.
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July 24, 2012 3:05 PM ET

William Balfour has received three consecutive life sentences for murdering Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew, reports TMZ. The 31-year-old former brother-in-law of Jennifer was found guilty in May for the 2008 murders, as well as guilty for home invasion and residential burglary. He was formerly married to the singer-actress's sister, Julia, and maintained his innocence throughout the tial.

Jennifer Hudson was present for the sentencing. The judge reportedly remarked to Balfour, "Your soul is as barren as dark space."

Hudson is set to guest star on the upcoming season of NBC's musical drama Smash.

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