CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of murder less than two weeks ago has been found dead in his Chippewa County Jail cell.

Chippewa County sheriff’s officials say William Andru Ball, of Minot, N.D., was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday. Authorities have not commented on a possible cause of death. An autopsy is scheduled this week.

The 22-year-old Ball was convicted April 6 of fatally shooting 24-year-old Kyle Ryba and wounding his estranged wife, 18-year-old Stephanie Ball, at her father’s home in Boyd last April. Prosecutors say jealousy motivated Ball to open fire. Defense attorneys said Ball had “adequate provocation” for the shooting and argued for second-degree intentional homicide.

The Chippewa Herald reports Ball’s sentencing was scheduled for June 1. His conviction carried a mandatory life sentence, but a judge could have set a parole eligibility date.

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Comments (6)
  1. truth hurts says:


  2. pat says:

    No happy ending here. Sorry for ALL the families.

    1. Jay says:

      Youre right Pat, there isnt. It is VERY sad that the one responsible for all this is able to be free and enjoy her miserable life. Two fine men are dead because of this person.

      1. Katie says:

        I know nothing about this case. However, you’re implying the woman was the person who provoked the shooter. Guys have to learn that NO woman is worth getting THAT riled about. And this is coming from a woman!

  3. Me Yeahright says:

    Good for the jailer who gave him the extra shoe laces.. Now that’s tax dollars at work!

  4. Common Sense up North says:

    Won’t have to pay for his cushy life anymore.

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