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Man pleads guilty to rape of Olney girl, but murder charge is dropped in plea bargain

Glenn Ramey
Glenn Ramey

An Olney man pleaded guilty Thursday to raping an 8-year-old Olney girl who was found dead in 2016, but as part of a plea bargain, prosecutors dismissed a murder charge against him.

Glenn Ramey, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault. He also had been charged with murder in connection with the death of Sabrina Stauffenberg, who had last been seen on Nov. 23, 2016, as she waited on her porch for a church bus, talking on the phone with her grandma. Sabrina was found dead later that night behind a building on the south side of Olney.

Ramey was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and predatory criminal sexual assault days later, and has been held in the Richland County Jail on $10 million bail ever since. His public defender, Jim Lane, raised doubt of Ramey’s mental competency to stand trial, but Ramey was evaluated and found fit.

Ramey took the plea deal Thursday, and is expected to be sentenced March 22 in Richland County. Predatory criminal sexual assault carries a sentence of six to 30 years in prison. Richland County State’s Attorney Charles Bradley Vaughn was not available for comment Thursday evening.

Ramey had a lengthy criminal history prior to his 2016 arrest. He has several felonies on his record: a DUI from May 2016, three theft charges in 1985 and 1986, being a felon in possession of a firearm in 1997, forgery in 1998 and possession of a stolen vehicle title/license plates in 2009.

In February 2012, Ramey was found unfit to stand trial for a theft case. Ramey’s public defender said Ramey suffered from bipolar disorder, and had been institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital for several years. The case was dismissed in December 2013.

Sabrina Stauffenberg Provided

He was also accused of rape in October 2014, but charges were never filed against him. An Olney woman filed an order of protection, saying Ramey had raped her the previous month.

An order of protection filed in August 2014 by a Noble, Illinois, woman said Ramey tried to pick up her 4-year-old grandchild, even though he was told not to. The Noble woman said Ramey would hover close to her and wouldn’t move away, and that she feared for her grandchild’s safety.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services flagged Ramey as a possible child abuser. A spokesperson told the BND that Ramey had previous been “indicated,” meaning there was credible evidence that abuse occurred.

Sabrina was a third-grader at Richland County Elementary School at the time of her death. Family friend Denise Haley told the BND in 2016 that Sabrina loved to play outside and had just learned how to ride a bike. She was a Girl Scout and enjoyed playing T-ball, according to her obituary.

“She was just a very loving little girl. She trusted everybody,” Haley said.