Misty Ray gets life in prison, Marc Ray gets 80 years for abuse, death of adopted daughter
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Marc Ray, Misty Ray


Marc Ray was sentenced to a total of 80 years in prison: 50 years on the count of child endangerment resulting in death; and 10 years each on three other counts; and he was ordered to pay $100,000 to the legal heirs of Misty Ray. The sentences will run concurrently. He will be eligible for parole after serving at least 70 percent of his sentence.

Misty Ray was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, plus an additional 30 years; those sentences must be served consecutively, the judge ruled.


On Friday, the Iowa couple was sentenced after pleading guilty to abusing their adopted children, including the abuse that lead directly to the death of Sabrina Ray

TCD: Sabrina Ray case

(WHO) -- The adoptive parents of a 16-year-old Perry girl who was abused and starved to death were sentenced Friday after accepting plea deals in their case.

Marc and Misty Ray had been facing several charges including first degree murder in connection with Sabrina Ray’s 2017 death. The other charges were child endangerment and neglect or abandonment of a dependent person for alleged abuse against other adopted children in the home. Marc Ray had also been charged with sexual abuse for allegedly abusing one of the children.

In December, Marc Ray accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to child endangerment causing death and three counts of third-degree kidnapping. Those charges mean he could spend 35 years in prison.

Misty Ray pleaded guilty to first degree kidnapping and two counts of third-degree kidnapping earlier this month. First degree kidnapping carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Sabrina Ray died at her adoptive home in Perry in May 2017. She weighed just 56 pounds at the time of her death. Authorities say she suffered from months of abuse and starvation leading to her death.

Three other family members were charged in connection with abusing Sabrina. Justin Ray and Carla Bousman are already serving prison time after accepting plea deals and the trial for Josie Bousman has not been scheduled yet. She had been expected to testify against Misty and Marc Ray, which is why prosecutors delayed trying her.