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William Balfour gets 3 life sentences in Jennifer Hudson family murders

William Balfour was convicted of killing three members of singer Jennifer Hudson's family AP/Cook County Sheriff's Department/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - The man convicted of murdering the mother, brother and nephew of Jennifer Hudson will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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A Cook County judge on Tuesday gave William Balfour three life sentences. Balfour was convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder in the 2008 killings. The 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, Julia. Prosecutors contend he shot the family members in a jealous rage because she was dating another man.

Complete coverage of the Hudson family murders on Crimesider

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