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10/28/2008 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

William Balfour -- the "person of interest" in the murders of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew -- isn't the first Balfour to run afoul of the law.

Balfour's father is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence for murder. His brother served time for drug dealing.

Balfour himself has served time for attempted murder and carjacking.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Balfour was a member of the Gangster Disciple Street Gang.

Also according to court docs, Balfour told the judge back in 1999 he had a good relationship with his mother until "she gets an attitude."

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Yeddy-Bo    

This is the result of a "Quality" school system in the Metro Chicago area. Why with little or no effort he could run for President!!!!
Just saying....................

2094 days ago
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macunit    

You don't say. I mean this good christian boy who comes from a great family has gone wrong. hearing his momma, he didn't do it. I mean if it was his daddy or brother, another fine upstanding citizen, its just all a misunderstanding.

Well I got something for you momma, your boy is going to get life, so you better tell him to say hi to your other son and husband cause he just made it easier for you when you go to the jail to make now your family visit.

2094 days ago
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JuicyGirl    

Yeah, well, his momma has already been on TV with her denial speech. Her "attitude" shouldn't be far behind...

2094 days ago
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sasha    

this guy is a doouch quit talking about him tmz his pictures suck he is nasty looking

2094 days ago
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Terrea    

Im really not surprised by that information. When the people who raised you get into this type of trouble it's only a matter of time..... I just really want to say RIP to the family and hope they can arrest and charge all involed in this crime.

2094 days ago
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macunit    

Sure blame the schools, blame teachers, blame the community, but when are we going to start blaming parents for letting their kids end up like this. His momma should be slapped for not educating and teaching some respect for themselves and for others. Then she has the balls to say..he didn't do it.

Ignorance breeds ignorance.

As Morgan Freeman said in the movie “Lean on Me” that family is “a disgrace to his race”.

2094 days ago
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nsaustin    

Creep of the century!! STOP talking about this douche, TMZ, you're just giving him street cred for prison. I bet there's some sick bitches who will write him love letters thanks to you TMZ.

2094 days ago
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SolFetch    

This crime is abhorable, dispicable & any other adjective you can think of. I hope this guy gets what he deserves in jail. His momma needs to get out of denial & realize her two boys & hubby are Loosers w/a capital L. My thoughts go out to Jennifer. She really needs support. Jury is still out on her sister - hanging out w/a creep like Balfour!

2094 days ago
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oh yaaaaaaaaaaa    

It all starts at home people, don't blame the school system, plenty succeed in life, look at ur role models as a child, mom and dad and family and friends. This is a typical cycle of DUMB uneducated people, but if mom and dad r dumb and u don't stay in school, the government provides it for free, then u have to live with the consequence of ur limited opportunitys in life. So the girls get knocked up and live off the system, and the boys go ganging around in the neighborhood, like mom and dad before them, sad cycle, but u CHOOSE this cycle, where there is a will there is a way, no excuse.

2094 days ago
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j9    

It is sooo cool to be a thug isnt it? This is a thug and it is not glamorous or appealing in any way. He is a piece of garbage and so is his entire family. Please dispose of him and his thug friends and relatives properly.

This has been a Public Service Announcement.

2094 days ago
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bikergrl    

PULEEZ...I know this is a tragedy, but did Julia not know what a jerk this guy is??? - Apparently he has been threatening the
family for a while. Why did they make no move to protect themselves..Is there even a protection from abuse or restraining order against this guy???

2094 days ago
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truth    

JULIA IS GUILTY. SHE WANTED HER SON AND THE REST OUT OF THE WAY SO SHE CAN BE WITH HIM IN THAT HOUSE. SHE IS NOW FINALLY GETTING HER 15 MIN OF FAME AND ENJOYING EVERY MINUTE OF IT AS YOU CAN SEE ON HER MYSPACE. SHE IS A SORRY EXCUSE FOR A MOTHER HAVING HER GRAMMY DO EVERYTHING FOR THAT CHILD. AFTER VIEWING HER EMOTIONLESS PLEA VIDEO...I BET SHE'D RATHER FIND A DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER SUB THAN FIND HER SON

2094 days ago
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Tinalouise    

Call me inconsiderate but Jennifers sister bears some responsiblity for bringing this thug in to her and her sons life at all! The family likes to talk about morals but this is who they hang with? And why was Jennifers mother still living there and in that neighborhood?? With all of the money i am sure she could have bought her a nicer place in a better area!

2094 days ago
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trulife    

I dont feel bad for jennifer hudson because she should moved her family out the hood.every 1 should feel bad for jennifer`s sister if I got some big buck`s my family`s my number 1 thing

2094 days ago
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grnbeetle    

Ok TMZ, stop already with this murderer. Give us something really juicy and ridiculous like usual.

2094 days ago
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