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Probation revoked in brutal teenage murder case

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- After violating her probation a second time, a judge has sent 19-year-old Emily Ball to prison. 

After saying she has so many, "Dire needs and only a small chance at a normal life,"  Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan revoked Ball's probation in court Monday afternoon.  Ball pled guilty four years ago to complicity to assault, unlawful imprisonment and tampering with physical evidence in the brutal beating and stabbing death of Travis White. 

She agreed to a 15-year sentence.  She was 14 at the time of the crime and was placed in juvenile detention.  When she turned 18, Judge Sheehan re-sentenced her and placed her on adult probation with strict restrictions.  Since her re-sentencing, Ball has twice violated her probation and been kicked out of treatment for improper involvement with men in the programs.

Monday, in a probation revocation hearing, her attorneys argued that she be released to her 21-year-old sister in Lexington and continue treatment there.  Judge Sheehan said no.

"We don't have any more structured institutional settings to send her to so let's let her go live with her 21-year-old sister and hope that she's getting the classes she needs?" Sheehan asked. "I don't think that's good enough, Miss Ball.  I've tried.  I've tried.  And I'm not just throwing up my hands in disgust.  The problem is it's your own conduct that's brought you here."
Ball now will return to the state corrections system to serve out the rest of her 15 year sentence.  Brian Golsby and Kasey Dotson are both serving life sentences for their roles in White's murder.  Police say Ball lured White to her Madison Avenue apartment after telling Golsby and Dotson that he had raped her.  The two were waiting for White.  They beat him with bats and tools and repeatedly stabbed him.   They carved initials in his chest.  White's body was wrapped in a rug and dumped by the railroad tracks near the apartment and found a few days later.  
Because Emily Ball was originally sentenced as a juvenile and re-sentenced as an adult, Judge Sheehan says she will only have to serve 20-percent of her sentence.  She is getting close to that and is likely to get a parole hearing in the next 6 months.

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