Barbecue on the River Executive Director, David Boggs, was sentenced to eight years in jail after stealing more than $29,000 from the fundraising event. Boggs was charged with theft by unlawful taking.
Boggs' pastor and sister spoke on his behalf asking for his sentence to be probated. The request was denied.
Also speaking at the sentencing was Boggs himself. The defendant said he was embarrassed. He apologized to his friends and members of the Barbecue on the River and said he failed them.
The judge considered probation for Boggs, but felt the time should fit the crime. The judge believed it was necessary for him to go to jail.
This year's Barbecue on the River was canceled due to COVID-19. An alternative to the event took place in the form of a pick-up/delivery scenario. The fundraiser dubbed 'Barbecue off the River' raised money for various charities this past September.
Barbecue on the River 2021 dates have been announced. The dates for next year's fundraiser are September 23 - 25.