Guilty plea for adoptive grandmother of Sabrina Ray

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DALLAS COUNTY – The adoptive grandmother of a Perry teen who died in May 2017 has entered a guilty plea. 

Carla Bousman, 63, pleaded guilty to False Imprisonment (two counts), Child Endangerment (two counts) and single counts of Neglect of a Dependent Person, Obstruction of Prosecution and Accessory After the Fact—a total of seven charges.

All charges in the plea agreement are misdemeanors except for the single count of Neglect of a Dependent Person, which is a Class C felony. 

Bousman was originally charged with Child Endangerment – Death, Obstruction of Prosecution and three counts of Kidnapping in the First Degree in the death of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, Bousman’s adopted granddaughter, and confinement of her two siblings. 

“On May 12, 2017, I assumed legal responsibility and custodial care for [Sabrina] by coming to her house and took care of her needs,” Bousman said in court Friday. “When I recognized she was in distress I did not call for medical assistance or take her to a doctor.” 

Bousman was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and must adhere to a 5-year no-contact order against her surviving grandchildren.

“Grandmothers are supposed to be special to their grandkids … spoil them, take them out to ice cream,” Judge Terry Rickers said. “Grandmothers aren’t supposed to contribute to the confinement and degradation of their own grandchildren.” 

Ray’s adoptive parents, Marc and Misty Ray, are charged in the case as well and are set for trial at a to-be-determined date for murder and kidnapping, among other charges. Marc and Misty’s biological son, Justin Ray, pleaded guilty to injuring Sabrina and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A cousin of the family, Josie Bousman, has agreed to testify for the state and will go to trial following Marc and Misty. 

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