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Ex-husband gets 60 years for 2010 New Year's day murder

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man who shot his unarmed ex-wife six times, then claimed the 2010 killing was self-defense, was sentenced Tuesday to 60 years in prison, the Sun-Times is reporting.

The sentenced imposed on 51-year-old Jerry Hudson by DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin will keep the Bolingbrook man behind bars until he is 109 years old.

Hudson was convicted earlier this year of murdering his former wife, 45-year-old Melissa Bridgewater, as she sat in her car outside an Oak Brook hotel on Jan. 1, 2010.

A jury in February rejected Hudson's claim that he acted in self-defense when he shot his unarmed ex-wife six times.

Hudson admitted gunning down Bridgewater as she sat in her car outside an Oak Brook hotel, but told jurors he fired because he thought she was grabbing for a gun as they argued. She had threatened him in a phone call an hour before the shooting at 6:20 a.m., Hudson testified.

Prosecutors ripped those claims, contending an enraged Hudson coolly ambushed his former wife as she left the hotel after celebrating New Year's Eve with a new boyfriend.

No gun was found in her silver Acura.

A letter written three days before the shooting clearly showed Hudson wanted his former wife dead, prosecutors argued. Hudson wrote that Bridgewater "stole my manhood, so I'm taking her with me," Assistant State's Attorney Mary Cronin said, quoting the letter.

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