OLNEY, Ill. (WTHI) – The suspect in the case of 8-year-old Sabrina Stauffenberg’s murder had his first day in court Tuesday.
Family members of Stauffenberg filled the court room for 53-year-old Glenn Ramey’s first appearance.
It was the first time since his arrest the family saw the suspect face-to-face.
In court, Judge Larry Dunn formally read Ramey his charges of murder and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
Judge Dunn says if Ramey is found guilty and gets the enhanced sentence, Ramey could face life in prison for both charges.
Ramey opted to be represented by Public Defender James Lane.
Jamie Vaughn is a cousin of Sabrina’s.
She says this day in court is one step closer to justice.
Vaughn says, “Sabrina, she was a loving child. Anybody you talk to about her they say she was wonderful, she was sweet, she was kind. And, she didn’t have a fear. And that was the problem. When she should have feared him.”
She adds, “Just keep prayers for the family, and pray that he gets what he deserves and that there’s justice done for this little girl.”
Ramey is due back in court December 16th for a preliminary hearing.
Judge Dunn has set Ramey’s bond at ten million dollars.
News 10 will of course continue to follow this story.
As for services for Sabrina, a visitation is scheduled for Thursday December 1st from 4-8 central time at Kistler-Patterson funeral home in Olney.
Her funeral will be the following day at the funeral home.
It’s Friday morning at 10 central time.
The address of the funeral home is 205 East Elm Street in Olney.