Pastor sentenced for stealing Oso slide donations

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A pastor who stole Oso slide donations was sentenced last week. Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock sentenced pastor Gary Ray to 18 months in prison for a series of swindles totaling over $152,000. The funds were stolen from Oso families, collection plates and his own church congregations in Snohomish and Island counties. Hancock said the court was appalled by Ray’s shameful fraud and theft, his betrayal and abuse of trust. The Highway 530 landslide swallowed a square mile and an entire neighborhood along the North Fork Stillaguamish River, with no warning, in March 2014.