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Convicted Murderer Boyd Had History of Crime, Violence

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Convicted Murderer Boyd Had History of Crime, Violence

Nate Gartrell, EDN

Robert Darnell Boyd's mughsot. Photo from of eugenemugshots.com

Robert Darnell Boyd, the 28-year-old Springfield man convicted Friday of murdering his former girlfriend, Allyson Archibald, already had several felony convictions in Lane County, court documents show.

Boyd, who faces a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence for the 2010 beating death of Archibald, then-18, pleaded guilty to a felony count of assault in the third degree in May of 2006, after shooting a man during a traffic confrontation in February of that year.

Boyd was originally charged with three felonies, including second degree assault with a firearm, but was able to work a plea deal, and entered a guilty plea to a lesser assault offense, according to court documents. In return, two of the three counts were dropped, and Boyd was sentenced to 32 months in prison with credit for time served.

He was also ordered to pay almost $4,300 in restitution related to medical expenses he incurred when he shot his victim.

According to a Register-Guard article from May, 2006, the assault charges stemmed from an incident in which Boyd and some friends were driving through Eugene when a group of pedestrians blocked traffic and refused to move.

During an ensuing confrontation, Boyd alleged that he thought he saw one member of the other group reach for a gun, so Boyd pulled out his gun and fired at the group, hitting one person. At the time, Boyd was not legally allowed to carry a firearm, due to a prior robbery conviction, according to the Register-Guard.

That resulted in the extra felony firearm possession count, which was ultimately dropped in the plea deal.

In addition to the felony assault, Boyd had gotten in trouble for identity theft, fraud, and theft in the past, according to court documents. In 2008, while fighting felony theft and forgery charges, he violated his supervised release agreement, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Then, in 2010, months prior to the killing of Archibald, Boyd was charged with six counts of theft and identity theft. He was convicted of two of the counts, including the theft of more than $1,000.

For those convictions, Boyd was sentenced to 20 days of supervised authority, and ordered to pay almost $3,000 in restitution. He was also given two years probation.

Barely seven months later, Boyd was back in the system, this time for the murder of Archibald, who Boyd didn’t deny killing. But he said that he didn’t intend to kill her, and that he blacked out, and didn’t remember what happened during the actual moment of her death.

The Archibald killing occurred in the early morning of Nov. 28, 2010. The two were walking together, and some witnesses reported hearing them argue. At some point, Boyd beat Archibald to death, and then fled the scene. He was arrested later that day.

Boyd is expected to be sentenced on Friday, March 2, at Lane County Circuit Courthouse. Court proceedings usually start at 8 a.m.

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