FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Case # 16NF2644
Date: November 8, 2018
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted today of the special circumstances triple murder of a couple and their friend in Fullerton.
Defendant: Joshua Charles Acosta, 23, Fort Irwin
Found guilty by a jury on Nov. 8, 2018, of the following felony counts:
- (3) Murder
- Sentencing Enhancements:
- Special circumstances – multiple murders
- Personal discharge of a firearm causing death
Maximum Sentence: Life in state prison without the possibility of parole
Sentencing on Dec. 14, 2018, 8:30 a.m. at Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana
Codefendant Frank Sato Felix, 27, Sun Valley, is scheduled for a post-preliminary hearing arraignment on Nov. 9, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Circumstances of the Case
- In the early morning hours of Sept. 24, 2016, Acosta entered the Fullerton home of 39-year-old Jennifer Goodwill-Yost and her husband 34-year-old Christopher Yost, where the victims’ friend, 28-year-old Arthur William Boucher, was also staying the night.
- Felix is accused of helping Acosta acquire a shotgun and waiting in a truck outside the home.
- Acosta entered the living room and shot Boucher in the head as the victim slept on the couch.
- The defendant then went to the master bedroom and shot Goodwill-Yost in the face.
- Yost awoke and Acosta shot the victim in the head as he was fleeing outside.
- Felix is accused of driving Acosta to Felix’s home where they attempted to destroy evidence.
- Minor children discovered the bodies in the morning and called the Fullerton Police Department (FPD), who investigated this case.
- FPD located and arrested Felix at his home in Sun Valley and Acosta in his barracks at Fort Irwin.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino, Homicide Unit###