‘No public safety threat except for her’: Pulteney woman pleads guilty to killing husband

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PULTENEY, N.Y. (WETM) – Sherri Ann Ballam has pleaded guilty to all charges in the murder of her husband in October 2020.

The Steuben County Supreme Court confirmed the plea with 18 News on September 17.

Ballam was charged with the murder of her husband, Pulteney Dog Control Officer John Ballam, at their homes on Gloades Corners Road in Pulteney.

She was also charged with tampering of evidence. District Attorney Baker said Ballam allegedly hid the gun used in her husband’s death and reported to police that he was shot during a home invasion.

“She wanted to enter a plea of guilty and pled guilty to the entire indictment, which basically takes our office out of the ability to make any condition on the sentence,” said Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker.

He said the judge “made a promise” that Ballam would face 15 years to life in prison, with the ability to have a hearing to possibly reduce the sentence.

“I’ve met with her son. I now don’t have to meet with her grandson, which saves him that trauma,” Baker continued. I think the family is satisfied with the fact that the plea’s been entered.”

He said that anyone worried about a possible home invader—Ballam’s original claim—doesn’t have to worry. “There is no public safety threat except for her.”

Officials didn’t publically release any motives regarding the shooting.

Jury selection for Ballam’s trial had originally been set to begin on Monday, September 20. Baker said the District Attorney’s office is now working to resolve the final sentence.

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