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Man accused of trooper's shooting pleads to firearms charge

Posted August 5, 2013
Updated August 6, 2013

— A Durham man accused of shooting a state trooper during a February traffic stop on U.S. Highway 70 pleaded guilty Monday to two firearms charges.

Mikel Edward Brady II, 24, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. He faces up to ten years in prison on that charge.

Brady had a criminal record that included burglary, home invasion and possession of stolen explosives before the Feb. 18, 2013, traffic stop where authorities say he shot Trooper Michael Potts.

Police said Brady fired four shots. Potts was hit in the face, hands and shoulder, but he is recovering from his injuries.

Brady is set to be sentenced on the firearms charge on Nov. 25. Other charges related to Trooper Potts' shooting are still pending.


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  • Lightfoot3 Aug 6, 2013

    "A person found guilty of a felony is prohibited from carrying a weapon period" - rmsmith

    So what's so dangerous about Martha Stewart? :)

  • Relic Aug 6, 2013

    "The felony gun law is a federal rap so there is no parole. Why it isn't enforced more is a mystery."

    It is. Over 25 people in my area of NC have been indited and sentenced to federal prison for the "felon with weapons" laws. Federal cases like that rarely make it to the state news for some reason.

  • rmsmith Aug 6, 2013

    Lightfoot 3...... A person found guilty of a felony is prohibited from carrying a weapon period

  • willis2 Aug 6, 2013

    The felony gun law is a federal rap so there is no parole. Why it isn't enforced more is a mystery.

  • beachlvr0804 Aug 6, 2013

    Why is the sentencing delayed until November. He's guilty on many counts........get it over with.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 6, 2013

    "once a felon is caught with a firearm, they should get a life sentence with no possibility of parole" - Nephesh Kai

    That sounds a bit harsh. I've never been a big fan of Martha Stewart, but still wouldn't send her to prison for life if she decided to carry a firearm for protection, or just wanted to do a little quail hunting.

  • rmsmith Aug 6, 2013

    Shooting at a LEO should be automatic life sentence and if they strike them with a bullet, automatic death penalty.

  • Good Bye WRAL Aug 6, 2013

    These are just the initial charges. Funny, and likely sad, that the lawyers might be trying the get these convictions now so they can insist they not be brought up at the trial for attempted murder of a LEO? I wouldn't put it past them.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 5, 2013

    Spock - "The cost could be easily reduced by far more severe punishments without three hots and a cot (with cable, gym, etc.)"

    You're most likely right.

    The recidivism in AZ has supposedly decreased because Sheriff Joe Arapaio doesn't coddle the inmates.

    And rightly so.

    I'm an elderly woman, and prison inmates often seem to have it far better than I do benefit-and-comfort-wise, not that I'd want to be in their place.

  • feistyredhead2001 Aug 5, 2013

    Okay, so let me get this straight... Had he shot and killed the cop he could have seen the death penalty, but because he was a horrible shot he could see up to 10 years ???? Anybody else see something wrong with that picture???