By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
A Killeen man on parole less than a month for a felony weapons conviction is heading back to prison after he was found with cocaine within 1,000 feet of a Killeen elementary school.
Archie Terrell Scaife, 30, agreed to plead guilty and accept a 15-year prison sentence Monday to an enhanced drug possession charge only moments before the case was heading for trial.
Scaife was arrested in his home, adjacent to Fowler Elementary School in Killeen, where police discovered a little less than 2 grams of cocaine in his possession during the execution of a search warrant by Killeen police Oct. 30.
On May 13, 2008, Scaife was sentenced to four years in prison for felony possession of a firearm.
Scaife was released in October of last year, just five months later.
Assistant District Attorney Mike Waldman was surprised when he discovered that Scaife had accepted the plea agreement for the second-degree felony, which carried a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Waldman said he had originally indicted Scaife with an intent to deliver enhancement, which could have bumped up the punishment range significantly. But evidence was brought forward that indicated that Scaife actually had a paying job, and that meant the delivery aspect could be contested in court.
Either way, Waldman is glad to have Scaife, a notorious felon in Bell County, headed back to prison. He just hopes his stay is a bit longer this time than it was for his previous visit behind bars.
"I never really thought he'd do it. Nobody knows why Archie does what he does," Waldman said. "Hopefully repeat offenders will be treated more seriously by the parole board. He committed this offense while on parole for the first one, so that should make a difference to the board."
Waldman said that there is no evidence to indicate Scaife was selling drugs to the nearby children. But it's better that he's not anywhere near them so he doesn't have the opportunity, Waldman said.
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