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Tampa man headed to federal prison for making explosive devices

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Tampa Police confiscated a handful of dangerous materials from Minyard's residence. Tampa Police confiscated a handful of dangerous materials from Minyard's residence.
Minyard, 42, was sentenced to 30 months behind bars. Minyard, 42, was sentenced to 30 months behind bars.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - A 42-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on Friday for possessing destructive devices.

James Lee Minyard was arrested by Tampa Police on May 8, 2013 shortly after he showed up at a gas station with a hand injury. He told a store clerk that he had hurt himself by playing with fireworks.

According to a TPD report investigators found what really caused the injury at Minyard’s residence on East Crawford St. The suspect had chemicals and explosives inside a small workshop in his backyard.
 
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Police also found an unexploded device nearby on Sligh Ave. Whatever blew up ripped the tip off one of Minyard’s fingers.

U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich announced the ruling. Minyard was indicted on federal charges on August 14 and he entered a guilty plea in December.

Court documents indicate Minyard was in possession of multiple explosive devices and several homemade remote control devices designed to detonate.

During an interview with police the suspect admitted to knowingly possessing the items but said he was not looking to hurt anyone.

TPD was assisted in its investigation of the case by detectives with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“The types of homemade explosives that he was making are very, very dangerous and very volatile,” said TPD Bomb Squad Sergeant Jarrett Seal at the time of Minyard’s arrest.

This was not the suspect’s first brush with law enforcement in Hillsborough County. Minyard had several prior arrests since 1999 on a variety of charges including petit theft, contempt of court and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

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