Update Feb. 23 12:48 a.m.: The other passenger arrested with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deonte A. Thompson has had run ins with the law, including prison time for two attempted murder charges.
In June 2007, Erskine J. McKinley, also known as “Dusty” and “Erk,” was sentenced to three years for crimes including two attempted murders, shooting, illegally owning a weapon or ammo and robbery, according to Florida Department of Corrections records.
He was released in October 2009, according to department records.
A year later, he was arrested in Houston after witnesses alleged he was part of a drive by from a minivan in Belle Glade, according to The Palm Beach Post.
In the October 2010 incident, James Sanford, 18, was shot to death in the 700 block of Southwest Avenue D. A 20-year-old man was hit in the leg, according to the Post.
Prosecutors did not pursue a series of charges against McKinley and the other man, according to Palm Beach County records. The charges included first-degree murder with a gun, two counts of attempted degree murder, grand theft and illegally owning a gun.
McKinley was back in prison in October 2011 for the crimes he committed in 2006. He was released July 1, according to Florida Department of Corrections records.
He was found guilty in March 2012 of battery on a law enforcement officer in a June 2011 incident, according to Palm Beach County records.
He pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon in June 2010 and robbery and having a weapon or ammunition in June 2007, according to County records.
The driver arrested with wide receiver Deonte Thompson, Alvon J. Summerall, 23, pleaded guilty to burglary in 2008 and 2009, according to County records.
Original: A Baltimore Ravens and former University of Florida Gators football player is at the Alachua County Jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to the Gainesville Police Department, Deonte Thompson was in a car with Alvon Summerall and Erskine McKinley when the driver, Sumerall, was pulled over for driving without headlights. Police then searched the car and found a duffle bag with several smaller bags of marijuana, weighing a total of 29 grams.
Police say Summerall had a revoked driver’s license. Summerall and the other passenger, McKinley, said the marijuana belonged to them. Thompson said the duffle bag was his, but the marijuana inside the bag was not.
Thompson is a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, according to the team’s website. He played on the 2013 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl championship team.
He previously played for the University of Florida at the same position, according to the Gators’ website. He also ran track for UF. He played on the 2008 University of Florida national championship team under Urban Meyer.
Thompson was in the Alachua County Jail on a $7,000 bond at the time of publication. He’s charge with having more than 20 grams of marijuana and drug equipment, according to Alachua County Jail records.
McKinley is held in lieu of the same bond with the same charges.
Summerall, the driver, was in jail on a $9,000 bond. He’s charged with having more than 20 grams of marijuana, drug equipment and driving with a suspended license.