Man who killed Special Agent Mike Walter indicted on a federal gun charge

Posted at 11:29 AM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 13:57:28-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Travis Ball, the man who was sentenced to 36 years in prison for killing Virginia State Trooper Mike Walter, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

Ball was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The charge is in connection to the killing of Walter on May 26, 2017. Ball shot and killed Walter after Walter approached the car where Ball sat in Richmond’s Mosby Court.

“Without commenting on any specific case, we take any incident involving violence against law enforcement very seriously and our prosecutions reflect that priority,” said U.S. Attorney Terwilliger in a statement.

According to the indictment, Ball, 30, possessed a .25 caliber firearm after previously being convicted of a felony.

Ball was charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Walter. He entered an Alford plea to one count of capital murder. An Alford Plea means Ball understood there was enough evidence to convict him of the crime, however, he did not admit guilt.

Travis Ball and Special Agent Mike Walter

Shortly after the plea, then-Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Herring announced Ball would no longer face the death penalty. Under the previously agreed upon plea deal, the Commonwealth of Virginia sought the maximum of 60 years in prison.

In October 2018, Circuit Court Judge Beverly W. Snukals sentenced Ball to 36 years in prison with a suspended life sentence. If Ball gets out and violates parole, he will then be sentenced to life in prison.

The sentence led to a new law that requires anyone convicted of the capital murder of a member of law enforcement to spend a minimum of life in prison.

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