By Sam Wildow
TROY — A Piqua man was sentenced this week to serve at least seven years in prison after being found guilty of trafficking drugs and possession of cocaine.
Cecil L. Archie, 36, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 10.5 years in prison for first-degree felony possession of cocaine and first-degree felony trafficking in drugs. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction can extend Archie’s time in prison to the maximum amount depending on his behavior in prison.
Archie will serve that time concurrently with a separate case, in which he was also sentenced to serve a minimum of seven years in prison for first-degree felony possession of cocaine. With that case, he was also sentenced to 12 months in prison for fifth-degree felony possession of marijuana, which will also be served concurrently with his other jail time.
Miami County Common Pleas Court also received affidavits of indigency from Archie, so the court waived the mandatory fines in each of those cases. The court did order that approximately $7,751 and another $1,160 in U.S. currency will be forfeited to the Law Enforcement Trust Funds of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office will receive 80% of that currency. Archie was also ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $175 and $400 to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office once he is released from prison to pay for the drug testing the department completed in each case.
“I just want to apologize to my community,”Archie said in court on Monday, saying he was sorry for “putting drugs” in the community. He said he wanted to make positive contributions to the community once he gets out of prison.
Judge Jeannine Pratt went over Archie’s criminal history, which included juvenile adjudications and adult convictions. Archie has been to prison approximately four other times for mainly drug-related offenses, but this is his longest prison term.
Pratt said Archie appeared “reasonable throughout this process.”
“Unfortunately, you keep going back to the same pattern of behaviors,” Pratt said.
Pratt said it was her job to protect the public and that Archie was “jeopardizing the protection and safety of the public” by continuing to go down that road. Pratt encouraged Archie to change his behaviors once he is released from prison.
Archie received approximately 136 days of jail credit. He will also have to undergo two to five years of post release control once he is released from prison.