Former UNM Football Player, Rashawn Boyce Found Guilty by a Federal Jury After of Robbing Postal Carrier

Former UNM football player Rashawn Boyce was convicted by a federal jury, after less than two hours of deliberation, robbing a postal carrier, stealing an arrow key belonging to the United States Postal Service, and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm according to a release from the Department of Justice.

Rayshawn Boyce, had a history of run ins with the police department over his years at University of New Mexico and years after. KRQE reported in September of 2019, that he plead guilty to beating his ex-girlfriend and his teammate the summer prior. He was then is in trouble again swerving all over the road, near Central and First Street in Albuquerque. It turns out Boyce also had a warrant out for his arrest and then according to the criminal complaint, the 23-year-old also had expired tags.

According to the press release the court documents and evidence presented at the trial, on January 18, 2022, Rashawn Boyce, 28, of Albuquerque, and his co-defendant, Marquae Kirkendoll, 23, of Chicago, Illinois, approached a mail carrier while he was sitting in his truck near Louisiana and Central, pulled him out of his truck slammed him on the ground. The mail carrier testified that each suspect put a pistol to his head and demanded his keys. The mail carrier handed over his keys before a neighbor who witnessed the altercation intervened, but Boyce and Kirkendoll ran back to their car and took off.

The mail carrier was injured in the attack and feared for his life.

The release continued, following the attack, investigators from the U.S. Postal Inspectors Service received an anonymous tip leading them to Boyce. Investigators surveilled Boyce for several days while investigating him and eventually executed a search warrant on Boyce’s apartment. There they found the clothing Boyce could be seen wearing in video of the attack. A revolver, and two semiautomatic guns were seized.

During a subsequent interview, Boyce named Kirkendoll as his accomplice. Kirkendoll pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy and faces not more than 20 years in prison at sentencing.

The Court ordered that Boyce remain in detention pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled. At sentencing, Boyce faces up to ten years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Boyce is also under indictment for trafficking methamphetamine into the Cibola County Correctional Center in May 2022, while being held on the robbery case. The trial for those charges is scheduled for later this year.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Glen Henderson, Inspector in Charge of the Phoenix Division of the Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement on April 15, 2024.

The United States Postal Inspection Service investigated this case with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Letitia Carroll Simms and Joseph Spindle prosecuted the case.

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