Trial to start for Pulteney woman who allegedly killed husband then reported home invasion

Jeff Smith
The Leader

Nearly eleven months after a woman allegedly shot and killed her husband in the Town of Pulteney, then called police and reported a home invasion, jury selection will begin Sept. 20 in Steuben County Court. 

Sherri A. Ballam, 58, was charged Oct. 29, 2020, with second-degree murder and several counts of falsifying business records and tampering with physical evidence in the death of John L. Ballam, 63, according to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker. 

Sherri Ballam faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison on the second-degree murder charge.

Steuben County Courthouse in Corning, NY.

“Jury selection will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20 in front of Steuben County Court Judge Philip Roche,” Baker said. “The jury selection usually takes a day to a day-and-a-half, but given the COVID-19 protocols, we are guessing it may take a full two days.” 

Baker said he plans to call as many as 40 witnesses to the stand during the case, which will start immediately after jury selection, meaning the case will likely take about two weeks to complete.

Ballam will be defended by Brenda S. Aston, Steuben County Conflict Defender, and Casimir J. Kiepacz, first Assistant Steuben County Conflict Defender. 

Just after 10 a.m. Oct. 29, state police responded to a residence on Gloades Corners Road for a reported shooting and a deceased male. 

Later the same day, troopers arrested the victim's wife, Sherri Ballam, Baker said. She allegedly hid the gun used in the killing and reported that there was a home invasion.