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Moretz sentenced for concealing death in Effingham County


An Effingham County woman has been sentenced for concealing the death of Charlie Ray. 

Kimberly Moretz was sentenced to 10 years with an additional 5 years probation. 

An Effingham County jury convicted Kimberly Moretz of concealing Ray's death and hindering an arrest. 

An Atlanta social worker testified that Kimberly Moretz suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Battered Person Syndrome. She claims Moretz' husband, Chad Moretz, physically and mentally abused her.  

Investigators said Chad Moretz killed and dismembered Ray last year. Chad Moretz was later killed during a stand-off with deputies.  

Kimberly Moretz looked a little different at the sentencing hearing on Wednesday. She was wearing the clothes of a convicted criminal, an orange jumpsuit with shackles.

Ray's family did not give a victim impact statement but WTOC caught up with Ray's father after the sentencing.

He says even though it's all over, he can't help but recall when he learned Chad Moretz was dangerous. He said just six months before Charlie was murdered, he had lived with Kimberly Moretz and her husband for a short period of time until Ray said it wasn't safe.

"So I got the sheriff to go with me and get him out, I never thought that he would go back, but he did," said Charles Ray, Charlie Ray's father.  

Charles Ray said the reason he did not address the Court or Kimberly Moretz was because of a motto he was taught to live by.

"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all," said Ray.   

Kimberly Moretz is currently at the Effingham County Jail but she will be moved to a state prison.  

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