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Man who shot state trooper sentenced to 40 years in prison

Posted February 22, 2014

Mikel Brady sits in a Durham County courtroom on Jan. 14, 2014, where he pleaded guilty in the Feb. 18, 2013, shooting of North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Potts.

— A man who shot a North Carolina state trooper in the face during a traffic stop in Durham last year was sentenced Friday to additional jail time.

Chief United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. sentenced Mikel Edward Brady II to 40 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Last year Brady shot Trooper Michael Potts in the face, hands and right shoulder following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 70 near Cheek Road.

Brady has already been sentenced to 24 years for attempted murder.

Brady, who is originally from Vermont, has a criminal record that includes convictions for burglary, home invasion and possession of stolen explosives.


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  • Dan Abbate Feb 24, 2014
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    64 years total, he is not getting out for at least 30yrs, and thats on good behavior. I have a feeling he will not have good behavior and will serve most of his sentence.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Feb 24, 2014
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    Had he been given life without parole, this would have been a much better step in controlling gun crimes. This clown will get out on parole and then really kill someone. Good job legal guys!

  • miseem Feb 24, 2014

    I hope the 40 years federal does not start until after he has served the entire 24 years state.