A former Archer County Justice of the Peace and Allred Prison corrections officer will be spending the next two years in prison after being sentenced in federal court on Monday morning to charges of embezzling public funds.
63-year-old Joe Boyle, precinct 2 J.P. for almost 13 years, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Wichita Falls to 24 months prison time, then three years supervised release after that.
He will also have to pay restitution of $133,333 for the estimated money he stole.
Joe Boyle had resigned and pleaded guilty to the charges in November of last year.
He admitted he stole funds that he collected as payment of fees, fines and penalties, and failed to turn that money over to Archer County.
According to the affidavit he signed, Boyle admitted stealing portions of fines from January 2013 to May of 2015, totalling more than $5,000.
However, he also admitted earlier to authorities to stealing funds since 2008 or 2009 totaling more than $40,000.
In some instances, authorities say Boyle had traffic offenders pay an inflated fee in cash, used part of that cash to pay the real fine to the county, and pocket the remaining amount.
His federal charge came because of programs for which Archer County receives federal funds.
In court on Monday the defense brought several character witnesses in to speak about Boyle.
Those included chief public defender for Wichita County James Rasmussen and Wichita County Tax Assessor Tommy Smyth.
They shared how Boyle was using that pocketed money to pay for his mother’s nursing home expenses, and say he has a good heart.
There was also some argument about how much money Boyle stole.
Archer County judge Randy Jackson testified that boyle confessed to him that he stole $2,500 a month because that’s how much his mother’s nursing home cost.
Boyle’s attorney argued that’s how much it cost per month but he didn’t steal that much each month.
After all the testimony, the judge sentenced boyle to two years in prison, and three years supervision after that.
The maximum punishment boyle could have received was up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine.