Meet Today's Stupid Orange County Robber: Joel Boyd

Costa Mesa's Joel Boyd and Chad Watts robbed an Orange County Cash Plus business and got away with more than $26,600 until FBI agents apprehended them and two, 2005 juries rendered guilty verdicts.

Watts, now 31, won a 121-month trip to a federal prison in southeastern Arizona, where he remains today.

But Boyd refuses to go away quietly. 

He's filed more than a half dozen appeal arguments to overturn his conviction.

This week, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, who sealed huge portions of the facts of the robbery and the defendants' criminal backgrounds from public consumption, denied Boyd's latest claims that his criminal defense lawyer gave him ineffective services in front of his jury. 

It probably didn't impress Carter that Boyd willingly used his allegedly incompetent trial lawyer to file the ineffective counsel argument appeal. 


Carter also noted that this defendant admitted his guilt to an FBI agent and stupidly discussed the crime with Watts after their arrests when officers pretended not to be listening.

Upshot: Boyd, 36, will continue to serve his whopping 320-month punishment at a federal prison in Allenwood, PA. His projected release date is in 2032.

Both indigent robbers have been ordered to pay restitution to Cash Plus.

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