On September 12, 1988, Billy was living a life of deceit and rage, but that lifestyle came to an abrupt end. He and his new wife Jodie had just used the last of their stash of drugs and Billy thought a bath sounded good. But instead of a relaxing soak, Billy got an unwelcome surprise. A SWAT team raided the Ballenger’s home, having been dispatched to apprehend Billy for his involvement in the recent violence and burglaries in the area. Billy was grabbed and thrown against the wall with the barrel of a 12-gauge pump shotgun pressed against his head. Billy and Jodie were arrested and their young 9-month-old daughter Mindy was taken from them. Billy and Jodie were sentenced to 6 years each in the Indiana Department of Corrections.