Misty Bousman Ray, adoptive mother of Sabrina Ray, pleaded guilty to three felony charges during a plea hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Dallas County Courthouse.
Bousman Ray entered a guilty plea on one count of kidnapping in the first degree, a Class A felony, and two counts of kidnapping in the third degree, both Class C felonies.
Bousman Ray withdrew her previous not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to the above charges.
The State said the sentence for kidnapping in the first degree carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. As for the two counts of kidnapping in the third degree, the State said they carry sentences not to exceed 10 years in prison.
The State added that the Court may decide if the three sentences run consecutively or concurrently.
Bousman Ray will also be ordered to pay fines, restitution, court costs and surcharges.
Judge Terry Rickers set sentencing for 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 in the Dallas County Courthouse. Bousman Ray will be sentenced on Jan. 18, along with Marc Ray.
Marc and Misty Ray were arrested on May 18, 2017 after their adopted 16-year-old daughter, Sabrina, was found deceased in the family’s home at 1708 First Ave., which was also the home of Rays of Sunshine Daycare.
Originally, Marc and Misty Ray were charged with one count of child endangerment resulting in death, four counts of child endangerment resulting in serious injury and three counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person. On Oct. 3, Marc and Misty were additionally charged with first-degree murder and Marc was additionally charged with second- and third-degree sexual abuse.
Three additional charges were filed in the Dallas County Courthouse on Wednesday, May 2. The charges include ongoing criminal conduct - unlawful activity, first degree theft and first degree fraudulent practice.
Judge Terry Rickers granted a change of venue motion filed separately by Marc and Misty Ray during a hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The pair were scheduled to be tried in Woodbury County on Feb. 4, 2019.
Marc Ray withdrew his previous not guilty plea and entered a guilty plea on four amended charges during a plea hearing on Friday, Dec. 21.
Those amended charges include child endangerment resulting in death, a Class B felony, and three counts of kidnapping in the third degree, all Class C felonies.
Marc Ray was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, Jan. 11. Court records show a motion filed on Jan. 8 requested that the sentencing hearing be continued.
Marc Ray and Misty Ray have requested that they be sentenced at the same time. A new joint sentencing date for the Rays has been set for Jan. 18.
The Perry Chief will continue to update this story.