DALLAS COUNTY, Iowa — A plea agreement was struck Tuesday between the state of Iowa and Misty Bousman Ray of Perry, the adoptive mother of Sabrina Ray, the 16-year-old Perry girl who died of severe malnutrition in May 2017.
According to documents filed Tuesday in Dallas County District Court, Ray’s defense attorney, Sean Spellman, and the Dallas County Attorney’s office reached the plea agreement prior to the Feb. 4 start of Ray’s trial in the Woodbury County District Court in Sioux City.
Ray is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. before Judge Terry Rickers. She faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, child endangerment causing death, neglect or abandonment of a dependent person and several others in connection with the death of Sabrina Ray.
Ray’s husband, Marc Alan Ray, accepted a plea bargain Dec. 21 that will see him serve at least 35 years in prison.
The husband and wife have requested to be sentenced at the same time. A joint sentencing date for the Rays is expected to be ordered by Rickers.