N.Ky. brothers getting 10 years after escape attempt caught on camera

Camera footage helping with convictions

COVINGTON, Ky. - Two Northern Kentucky brothers will spend the next 10 years in prison after their crime was caught on camera.

Mark Ball and Daniel Ball entered a plea deal in Kenton County Court Thursday. They'll get 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to first degree criminal mischief and first degree persistent felony offender.

Last summer, the brothers were spotted on the roof of Donna Salyer's Fabulous Furs in Covington where authorities say they were ripping copper out of the HVAC units. A resident of a neighboring apartment building called police.

Covington police responded to the scene. The brothers ignored officer's orders to stop and jumped off the roof of the building in an attempt to escape, but they landed in the arms of officers.

The attempt to catch the two was caught on camera. An officer was wearing a digital camera mounted to his glasses, which allowed prosecutors to watch the whole thing play out.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders says it's becoming more common for officers to wear miniature cameras. He says the videos taken on the cameras are helping his office convict even more criminals.

Mark Ball and Daniel Ball are both persistent felony offenders. Sanders says they caused several thousand dollars worth of damage to the building's HVAC units.

Final sentencing will be March 8 in Kenton County court.


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