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PERRY, Iowa–  Joe Butlar from Perry lives next door to where the Ray’s used to live.

The home where Sabrina Ray and two other adopted children were being abused.

“It turns your stomach to think that that happened,” Joe Butlar said.

Sabrina’s adoptive parents Marc and Misty Ray both were both charged with first degree murder in her death.  On Wednesday, Misty pleaded guilty to kidnapping and the state agreed to drop the murder charge.

“First degree kidnapping is pretty serious, so I hope they really hammer her good,” Butlar said. “I believe she murdered her, she was right in there with Marc.”

Last month, Marc pleaded guilty to child endearment resulting in death and three counts of kidnapping. Sabrina’s adoptive brother Justin Ray and adoptive grandmother Carla Bousman also took plea deals and are currently serving time for their roles in her death. Cousin Josie Bousman is still awaiting trial.

“As far as I am concerned, I hope they never come back to Perry,” Butlar said.

Given Wednesday’s guilty plea, the Mayor of Perry hopes the community can move on.

“It’s finally coming to an end and that justice is taking place with the people who caused this terrible tragedy,” Mayor John Andorf said.

Marc and Misty Ray will be sentenced Friday January 18, 2019.


CASEY, Iowa- Work began on Wednesday moving a few items into the brand new Casey City Hall and Community Center.

The City built the $1.2 Million dollar building after a 2014 arson fire destroyed the former City Hall and Community Center.

The former City Clerk, Dorothy Dillinger, was sentenced to five years in prison for misappropriating almost $300,000. She also pled guilty to charges for setting the fire just hours before state auditors arrived.

The City held meetings with residents as to what should be constructed.

“Got a lot of public input, as to what people would like to see,” said Mayor Barry Chalfant. “It was always came again back to the train depot thing.”

The Mayor said that the town has long had a community center.

“I mean, my parents even when I was a kid they came down here square dance,” said Chalfant. “We are hoping we can draw some people in, and now especially with Adair not having a community building, people can start having their functions here like they used to in the past.”

The Casey Community will hold a ribbon cutting for the new City Hall Saturday at 2pm. In the evening there will be live band at 7:00pm as Casey will kick off it’s Sesquicentennial celebration which will be held later this year.