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Notorious repeat criminal held in Tampa on aggravated assault, gun charges

TAMPA — Four months after his release from federal prison, one of Tampa's most notorious offenders is locked up again.

Sedrick McKinney, 40, was arrested Wednesday at his home on Silverlace Court in eastern Hillsborough County after a report that he had been waving a gun and threatening family.

He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Since August, McKinney had been living with his wife of three years, Laytecia McKinney. The two married while he was in prison. He has been working as a self-employed car detailer, according to jail records.

Mrs. McKinney is a paralegal for the city of Tampa and senior pastor at Victory Temple Outreach Ministries, where her husband's release from prison was greeted with jubilation.

"Praising God my husband Sed is home safely!" she wrote in August. "God makes ALL things new!"

On Thursday evening, she declined to comment.

Just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, the McKinneys began to argue, police said, and Sedrick McKinney pulled out a handgun.

He waved the .45-caliber gun around, threatening to kill everyone in the residence, police said.

Mrs. McKinney's brother, Taurus Brooks, 31, called 911, officials said.

McKinney was arrested about 1 p.m. Bail was set at $100,000.

Federal court records show that he was to be supervised by a probation officer for five years after his release.

McKinney was arrested for the first time at age 7 for petty theft of a puppy. By 15, the charges on his record had multiplied: battery, armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon.

He first gained notoriety in 1988, when, at 17, he shot into a car during a botched drug deal. A bullet struck a 1-year-old boy, paralyzing him.

Afterward, McKinney was in and out of prison numerous times, becoming what some considered a symbol for Florida's turnstile criminal justice system.

McKinney last went to prison for the 1992 shooting and wounding of a man who allegedly slapped his sister, Tiffany McKinney, outside an east Tampa supermarket.

Times news researcher John Martin and staff writer Robbyn Mitchell contributed to this report. Contact Marissa Lang at or (813) 226-3386.

Notorious repeat criminal held in Tampa on aggravated assault, gun charges 12/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 8:04am]
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