A man released from prison last June for 2nd degree murder is back behind bars.
Terry Barfield was arrested in Omaha Tuesday evening for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sergeant John Wells is president of the Omaha Police Officer’s Association and he remembers when Barfield was released and made comments that he was on the straight and narrow path.
Sergeant Wells says, “When everybody was celebrating is ‘reform’ after he was just released from prison for another murder conviction, not the first one but the second one, everyone was holding him up as poster child for reformed gang members. We said actions speak louder than words back then and we’ll take a wait and see approach. Well, the wait and see has come to fruition just like our suspicions that a tiger can’t change his stripes.”
Barfield has a long criminal history. Along with two murders, he was the leader of an Omaha gang and his record includes drug and firearm convictions. Barfield was released from prison last June after serving 10 years of a 20 year sentence for 2nd degree murder.
Sergeant Wells hopes that Nebraska lawmakers will take a serious look at repealing the “good time” law that automatically cuts a prison sentence in half. Sergeant Wells says, “This is more of an indictment of the ‘good time’ situation in the state of Nebraska. The fact that we have someone twice convicted of murder out on the streets is absolutely outrageous. It is time senators deal with this problem and eliminate “good time” and keep violent offenders behind bars in the state of Nebraska and if that means building another prison then so be it.”