Bobby Joyce, OC Prep Hoops Legend and Former UNLV Runnin' Rebel, Arrested for Robbing Disabled Vietnam War Vet

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The news sickening everyone in Southern California that isn't the coming radiation plume is the robbery by two men of disabled Vietnam vet Michael Neil Shaurette as he waited in a Santa Ana bus stop in his wheelchair. It's a heinous crime, and the men who committed it will likely get no mercy from a judge or on the inside.

Then again, there is a sad story in the tale of one of the robbers: Robert Dean Joyce, better known as Bobby Joyce, better known as one of Orange County's greatest high-school-basketball players.

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Joyce, in better days...
Joyce was a prep phenom during the late 1980s, playing football and basketball at Santa Ana High School and twice being named OC Player of the Year. His game was great enough that Orange County Register prep-sports reporter Steve Fryer--who knows everything there is to know about OC high-school sports--named Joyce to his list of the county's 25 best-ever prep hoops players.

He eventually earned a scholarship to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, making the team as a reserve at the end of Jerry Tarkanian's legendary Runnin' Rebels squads (he red-shirted for their 1990 championship run). Perhaps Joyce's most memorable moment as a college player was leading a team protest after a Nevada Regent allegedly said Tarkanian recruited too many "ghetto kids."

But that was the height of Joyce's glory; his life since then has been nothing but run-ins with the law. Court records show he pleaded guilty in 1997 to a felony for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, spending 16 months in state prison for that offense, and another felony in 2000 for attempting to possess a controlled substance, getting eight months in state prison for that crime. He pleaded guilty again in 2005 for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and then again in 2007; both times, they were felonies. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to two felonies: receiving stolen property and corporeal abuse of a spouse/cohabitant. Throughout that time, Joyce also committed misdemeanors.

This life of crime and drug abuse pains Sean Mill, a Santa Ana planning commissioner and former friend of Joyce. "I thought it was rather ironic that he got arrested for such a heinous crime on the eve of March Madness," says Mill. "I recently reconnected with Bobby and even brought one of his former Runnin' Rebel teammates to come see him. I thought he was getting his life in order and even took him clothes shopping so he could get himself presentable in order to get a job. Now this.

"This really saddens me," Mill adds. "I can't believe he would do this. Bobby is a good guy, everyone really liked him. This is what drugs can do to a person."

Mill told the Weekly that he attended last year's 20th-anniversary celebration of the Runnin' Rebels' 1990 NCAA championship. "The first thing that guys like [former UNLV stars] Larry Johnson and Evric Gray asked me is 'Where's Bobby and how's he doing?' I spoke to one of his old Rebel teammates last night, and they were just so sad about this," Mill says. "I think this could be something of a lesson about how things can go so wrong even when you have the whole world in the palm of your hands.

"I am disgusted by what Bobby has done," Mill concluded, "but he is still my friend, and I want
other young athletes to learn from his story.
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Vegasj72
Vegasj72

My experience with Bobby was short but when we met here in Las Vegas, he was a class act. We were just some little bad ass teenagers at a local bar eating at the table next to him. He seen that we were a bunch of punks but he didn't care and took the time to talk to us. Over the next few month Bobby pretty much mentored us and hung out with us once in a while. He even took me to meet the team and coach Tark. It was one of the most memorable times of my life! Bobby has a big heart but I think drugs have blacken it. Everyone has their up's and down's! As long as you do drugs, you will be down! If you see this Bobby, clean up and get your mind right! Your kids, family and friends know you can do it! BTW, I remember when you got to play and the team clowned you for that sloppy dunk you did! It was hillarious cause you were so nervous! Good times!

T.J.
T.J.

Listen people, enough of the B.S. If you were truly a friend of Bobby you would have intervened to help before it spiraled. I know Bobby very well and know for a fact, the people who really care about him wouldn't throw junk on the whole situation. It doesn't matter who Sean is or isn't to be quite honest. its about Bobby and what transpired in his life after basketball wasn't an option. We can all learn from Bobby's mistakes and make sure to have a plan "B" should life take an unexpected turn. If you still have crap to say, why don't you say it in the face of his true friends.

I wish you all the best and keep praying for Bobby and many other athletes who fell by the way side!!!

T.J. from Western High

bj
bj

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I'm here is because of my name and background but if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I'm not capable of this crime. I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change. I have learned to be patient and understanding...so to my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this...he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868

Tere are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Bjoyce
Bjoyce

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa Ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I’m here is because of my name and background. But if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I’m not capable of this crime.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change…I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone… I have learned to be patient and understanding so my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this…he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868 There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Bjoyce
Bjoyce

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa Ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I’m here is because of my name and background. But if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I’m not capable of this crime.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change…I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone… I have learned to be patient and understanding so my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this…he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868 There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Bjoyce
Bjoyce

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa Ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I’m here is because of my name and background. But if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I’m not capable of this crime.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change…I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone… I have learned to be patient and understanding so my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this…he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868 There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

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Interested in learning the history of the Viet Nam vet who was victimized. He has my respect and even more so if he was disabled in the service of our country. Common people who show uncommon valor when called to duty are the backbone of our nation

Refofyear
Refofyear

A long time reident of las vegas (60 yrs) and a fan of unlv, i must say that this is exactly the reason we the boosters , got rid of tricky jerry. He may of had a winning program but what most of you idiots seem to forget is that the graduation rate of his teams was horrible. I love the fact that kids go to school to get an education and be ready for the world in front of them in stead of what he produced , and this is not the first, second or third player of his to get arrested for stupid stuff, a life in prison and just being dumb.........

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this meth & crime lovin nagger needs to end up like the basketball player in The Sixth Man lol.........!

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Bajadan
Bajadan

It is with great sorrow that I read about one of the most talented, gifted young athletes I had the pleasure of coaching and watching play. I too feel that to rob the wheelchair bound vet is wrong and if in fact he committed this crime(There are three sides to every story, the events according to the victim, Bobby and anyone else who saw what happened) He will need to deal with the consequences and make his amends. Yes drugs exact a terrible toll, but recovery is possible, and know first hand, that recovery works If you work it!!

Tongf
Tongf

Why all the talk about the "sad" thug??? What about the victim???????? This article is absolutely pathetic. Trying to make everyone feel sorry for the thug and forget all about the victim. This Bobby Joyce is a grown man who knows right from wrong. I don't feel sorry for anyone who willingly and knowingly commits crimes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anon
Anon

Sean has money to spend on clothes for criminals because he's a boomerang son living with Mommy

TarkTheShark
TarkTheShark

Sean Mills was the Rebels ballboy. All this "poor Bobby" and not a word about the victim. Pathetic coming from a city commissioner

LBbaseballmom
LBbaseballmom

TJ - Do you really think anyone could have "helped" Bobby? These were his choices. He chose many years ago to go down this road. All I can say it Thank GOD he stayed out of our lives. His 17 yr old son is so much better off without him.

Jamek
Jamek

God will make it all workout in the end have faith and read you bible with you celly you both will be alright prays go out to both of you

guest
guest

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I'm here is because of my name and background but if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I'm not capable of this crime. I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change. I have learned to be patient and understanding...so to my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this...he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868

There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Laki Bayag
Laki Bayag

I hope you, worthless POS, end up like him..or worse.

guest
guest

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I'm here is because of my name and background but if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I'm not capable of this crime. I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change. I have learned to be patient and understanding...so to my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this...he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868

There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Bjoyce
Bjoyce

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa Ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I’m here is because of my name and background. But if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I’m not capable of this crime.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change…I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone… I have learned to be patient and understanding so my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this…he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868 There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You must've missed the part where I called it a "heinous" crime...

DKMFAN
DKMFAN

I wish people would leave my mom out of this

BigOldGrizz
BigOldGrizz

Yes, but the victim only fought for his country. The perp played ball for goodness sake! Where are your priorities?

/sarc

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You must've misses the part where Sean said he was disgusted by the crime.

ShowSupport
ShowSupport

it's funny how I sit here reading these comments about Bobby and I wonder when was the last time any of you have seen him or even talked to him.  I talked with Bobby before all this and in no way is he capable of doing anything like this.  You all said how great of a ball player he was, but have any of you realized how all thoses years of playing ball put a toll on his knees.  Bobby couldn't even take five steps without stopping to stretch his leg or lean on a wall to relieve some pain.  If you all truely were or are his friends and family maybe you should try writing him a few encouraging words.  Everyone is quick to judge without knowing any or all the facts.

As for the comment about his son being better off without him, how do you know that Bobby wouldn't have been at his side if given the opportunity.

ally ooops
ally ooops

this worthless POS has actually had fifty chances to clean himself up but he chose to let his addiction lead him to desperate times, feening for cash for the next fix...I meant to say should have ended up like that basketball player* im surprised he hasnt yet.. you know too much crack/meth leads to stroke which then kills you ask nate dogg oh he was a nagger too with some type of ok talent. if you sell crack rock or got a jump shot u might be something or in their cases now nobodys and or dead lol

Sean Mill
Sean Mill

Dan Chmielwski playing sock puppets again.

For the record I am quite disgusted by what has happened to Mr. Shaurette. This is a despicable crime and those that committed it deserve to be punished to the full extent of the law.

Anyone who is trying to claim that I am defending Bobby if he indeed did this is way off base. I am sickened to think that someone I know could have done something like this.

Anon
Anon

So was Bobby his friend or his former friend Mr. Managing Editor? You have it both ways.

RatherNotSay
RatherNotSay

I haven't seen or talked to Bobby since high school when we dated, but I will tell you one thing, he was an abusive boyfriend then and there is no doubt in my mind that he would do something like this to a disabled veteran. He threatened to kill me, hit me over the head with a tennis racket and plugged in a hot iron and threatened to burn me. He is a monster!!  Only by the grace of God was I able to escape his abuse and distance myself from him. It is no surprise to me that there aren't friends that want to see or talk to him presently.

Sarahmawillaims
Sarahmawillaims

@ show support -   he never called on christmas, birthdays...never came to ONE single game...never paid a penny of child support...never bought a bat or glove or a pair of shoes.  that said he chose to be absent from his sons life.   so stop making excuses for him...people have been doing that for far to long!  these are HIS mistakes and he will have to live with them. 

guest
guest

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I'm here is because of my name and background but if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I'm not capable of this crime. I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change. I have learned to be patient and understanding...so to my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this...he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868

There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Bjoyce
Bjoyce

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa Ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I’m here is because of my name and background. But if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I’m not capable of this crime.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change…I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone… I have learned to be patient and understanding so my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this…he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868 There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Gurta1212
Gurta1212

Why do niggers and their lovers always, ALWAYS spout the same tired line? Well, bongo-BOY, I have a called filthy niggers filthy niggers to their filthy nigger faces, LOL@U! NIGGER!

ally ooops
ally ooops

nigger is a better term but this guy is more like the scum on my 200 dolla gucci sneaker..get with it dude nagger is the new hip word according to oc weekly

Conrad Dobler
Conrad Dobler

Just like the typical "on the web brave saltine" you would never call him "nagger" to his face...

Bobbydjoyce
Bobbydjoyce

Hi Sean...Bobby would like you visit him. Visits at Theo Lacy are Friday - Sunday 8-5.

guest
guest

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I'm here is because of my name and background but if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I'm not capable of this crime. I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change. I have learned to be patient and understanding...so to my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this...he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868

There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

guest
guest

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I'm here is because of my name and background but if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I'm not capable of this crime. I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change. I have learned to be patient and understanding...so to my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this...he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868

There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Bjoyce
Bjoyce

I have been falsely accused of this horrendous crime. I do hope the victim finds the two ignorant punks that did this to him. If Santa Ana did their true duty of protecting the citizens of Santa Ana I wouldn't be here today. I think the only reason that I’m here is because of my name and background. But if they do their investigation they will find as several witnesses know I’m not capable of this crime.I do have issues in my life that I do need to change…I would not jeopardize my family, my life or my children. This is a life I do not want for anyone… I have learned to be patient and understanding so my true friends I thank you for your support. God will get me thru this…he always does. If anyone wants to contact me you can write me at:

Bobby Joyce #2625237501 The City Drive SouthOrange, CA 92868 There are only 2 people in the media that I would talk to: Randy Franz and or his lovely wife Shannon.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

not me. I barely have time to blog these days. But please keep spreading lies and misinformation. I Googled the term "boomerang son." Pretty funny.

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