Former Boggs Mtn. Shelter Director Sentenced

By Charles Robertson, WRBN Radio, Clayton

The sentencing hearing for former Boggs Mountain Animal Shelter Director Lowanda “Peanut” Kilby took place Friday in front of a packed Rabun County Courtroom.

“It was a total sentence of 25 years, 15 of that to be served in confinement, the balance to be served on probation. So meaning that once released the defendant would have probation to serve after she gets out of confinement. Also community service of a thousand hours, a fine of $30,000, and restitution of $5,050,” said Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman

He went on to say he felt the sentence given was justified

“Certainly the sentence was appropriate, I have no issue with it what so ever. That’s something that the judge has to do based on his or her own conscience. You know it’s certainly not, I don’t think anyone would look at it and call it a slap on the wrist,” said Rickman.

Kilby will now have 30 days to file for an appeal if she chooses.

She was convicted this month of 60 counts, including charges of theft and racketeering.

Kilby was charged with fraudulently taking donations intended for the shelter’s “Lucky Dog/Lucky Kitty” programs.

Prosecutors say she took the money and then euthanized most of the dogs and cats in the program, animals she promised on the shelter’s web site would be placed into new homes, and transferred money donated into the program into her personal bank account without the knowledge or approval of the Boggs Mountain shelter board.