Fred Boggess II received his sentence in the Starke Circuit Court Wednesday after being found guilty by jury of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors, Driving While Suspended, and False Informing. His sentencing took place in the Oregon-Davis High School.
During the sentencing, defense attorney Richard Ballard called Boggess’ mother, Dolores Boggess, to the stand. Dolores told the court that Boggess saved her life over the past year by taking care of her and doing odd jobs to help pay the bills. She said he did “everything he could” to help her.
Deputy Prosecutor Mary Ryan told Judge Kim Hall that Boggess has been in and out of trouble since he was a juvenile, and he has multiple felony cases in multiple counties. Ryan said that he has received a cornucopia of different sentences, including work release programs, short and long sentences to jail and prison, probation, and parole, but nothing has changed his behavior, and said Boggess is “getting a life sentence on the installment plan.” Ryan requested Boggess be sentenced to a total of 25 years, but the defense disagreed.
Ballard said that all of Boggess’ problems stem from a common source: drugs and alcohol. Ballard requested Judge Hall be lenient and sentence Boggess to anything less than 20 years and suggested he be required to complete the Clean Living is Forever Free (CLIFF) program as well.
When asked if he would like to make a statement, Boggess told the court that he never meant to cause any harm and he is extremely remorseful. He said that he will complete the Cliff program to help with his methamphetamine problem, and when he is released, Boggess says, he will be a better person.
Judge Hall sentenced Boggess to 17 years for the charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, three years for Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors, one year for the charge of Driving While Suspended, and six months for False Informing. These sentences will be served concurrently in the Indiana Department of Corrections, for a total of 17 years to be served in the DOC. Judge Hall recommended he complete the CLIFF program and told Boggess that he would have the right to petition for sentence modification after successful completion of the program.