Convicted child killer sentenced for crime

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

The man convicted of sexually abusing and killing a six year old Paris boy more than two years ago was sentenced Tuesday morning for the crime, but not before his attorney tried to delay the hearing.

A jury convicted Lewis 'Buck' Ballard in October for the 2007 sexual abuse and murder of six year old Wesley Mullins. The little boy's body was found in his grandfather's Bourbon County garage.

Ballard's sentencing was delayed last week. Tuesday morning his attorney asked for another delay, raising questions about Ballard's competency. The judge did not honor the request and went ahead and sentenced Ballard to life in prison without the possibility of parole. It's the same sentence the jury recommended back in October.

"It brings some closure for our son," explained the child's father, Jason Mullins, minutes after the sentencing was over. "But it does not bring him back."

Jason Mullins says people in the area continue to remember Wesley through the construction of Wesley's Place; it is being built to become a safe place for abused and neglected children.

Mullins says he's hopeful it will be open this April.

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