Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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 [email protected] 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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday's season debut had a shaky start.

    The Lightning’s Vladislav Namestnikov, right, battles Damon Severson for the puck.
  2. Mother's testimony about toddler's death brings judge to tears

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Nayashia Williams woke up early on May 7, 2014, to the sound of her daughter calling for her. It was the last time the young mother's mornings would begin with a summons from Myla Presley, who couldn't yet climb over the mesh fencing around the playpen she used as a bed.

    Deandre Gilmore looks towards the gallery Tuesday in a Tampa courtroom. Gilmore is accused of killing the 19 month-old daughter of his girlfriend in 2014. He said the child fell while he was giving her a bath. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Speakers: Getting tough can't be only response to teen car thefts

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Bob Dillinger remembers coming to Pinellas County as a legal intern in 1975. There were five major poverty zones in St. Petersburg.

    Wengay Newton, Florida House of Representatives (in front, in center), talks as a panelist to a packed room during a community forum on "Reclaiming our Youth: Is Juvenile Justice a Reality?" at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum in St. Petersburg Wednesday evening (10/17/17). The event was presented by the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association. Community leaders discussed the ongoing auto theft epidemic among Pinellas youth.
  4. Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility and spousal abuse

    Politics

    White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Donald Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and infertility, two people familiar with the matter told the …

  5. Black entrepreneur says city stiffing him on project after he endorsed Rick Baker

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — A prominent African-American resident says his endorsement of mayoral candidate Rick Baker has led city officials to freeze him out of a major construction project along the historic "Deuces" stretch of 22nd Street S.