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Father Pleads Guilty to Charges in Adoptive Daughter’s Death

PERRY, Iowa -- Marc Ray, the adoptive parent who was charged with murder in the 2017 death of 16-year-old Perry teen Sabrina Ray, pleaded guilty to four felony charges in court on Friday. In the plea hearing, Marc Ray was charged with Child Endangerment Resulting in Death and three counts of Kidnapping in the Third Degree. He will serve at least 35 years in prison.

The plea agreement also stipulates that Marc Ray will not testify against his wife, Misty Ray, who is charged with first degree murder and first degree kidnapping. Both charges carry a mandatory life sentence.

Marc Ray's attorney says his client is taking responsibility for his role in Sabrina's death.

Sentencing will take place Jan. 11. Misty Ray is scheduled to stand trial in February.

Prior to the hearing, Marc Ray and Misty Ray were charged with murder in Sabrina’s death. They also faced several charges of child endangerment and neglect or abandonment of a dependent person for alleged abuse against their other adopted children. In addition, Marc Ray was charged with sexual abuse for allegedly abusing one of the children in the home.

Sabrina’s body was found in the family’s Perry home in May of 2017. She was just 56 pounds at the time she died.

Three other family members were charged in connection with abusing Sabrina. Two are already serving prison time and another remains in jail and was expected to testify during Marc and Misty Ray’s trials.