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JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 21, 12:38 p.m.
@highcountry said, "Bless this trooper, Lord, and please let him recover fully from his wounds."
Here's mine, "If I had your job, Lord, I wouldn't let this sort of thing happen...including the 30,000 children who starve to death on our planet...every day. You seem so indifferent that it's like you're not even there..."
highcountry Feb 20, 11:32 a.m.
Bless this trooper, Lord, and please let him recover fully from his wounds. I hope he is being taken care of very well, in my opinion police officers don't get paid enough to stand in harms way for us!
renaissancemon Feb 20, 11:02 a.m.
It takes a lot of nerve to rob a man for not wearing a seat belt.
OneNationUnderGod Feb 20, 10:56 a.m.
Yet another prime example...Mr and Mrs. Government official have we not yet learned that it is wrong to punish the masses for the crimes of few. This person a is a poor excuse for a human being. Would increased gun legislation have prevented this "criminal" from using a weapon? The answer is no...Would stricter backgroun checks prevented it? The answer is no... Criminals will get guns no matter what. When you have someone that wakes up each morning with the intent to deceive the law and be a fujitive from justice there is typically no changing that mindset. I hope and pray that the harshest punishment possible is handed down for this disgusting individual...
I am thankful that the Trooper is doing well although I agree this article's title is somewhat poor.
iknowjack Feb 20, 10:03 a.m.
What, they're still holding him? Surprised he hasn't already made bail in NC's court system.
reel4fun Feb 20, 10:00 a.m.
Why would a DA take the word of a criminal like this. Wanted to get his life together my big ole' b8&^t.....he wanted to get out and keep being a criminal. When will our justice system wake up and smell the bull. You are supposed to protect the citizens of this country....not the criminals of this contry.
42ITUS Feb 20, 9:20 a.m.
NC has a law that prohibits a felon from possessing a firearm. I suggest that lawmakers consider changing the statute to include an automatic 10-year sentence for possession and a 50-year sentence if the weapon is used in the commission of another felony. This sentence would be added to whatever additional charges are adjudicated.
computer trainer Feb 20, 8:52 a.m.
This guy is DANGEROUS!! So glad that the judge in Durham saw that and set his bond at 8 MILLION. Do NOT let this guy out to roam the streets!
mhagwood Feb 20, 8:46 a.m.
Lets see, the suspect has PTSD. When I came along they called
it plain sorry.
pulstar40 Feb 20, 8:46 a.m.
He cuts that poor woman five times with a knife, and leaves her with a severe brain injury (attempted murder anyone?), steals 200+ sticks of dynamite and is involved in 100 burglaries and he is set free after less than 3 years. Hopefully NC will do a better job than VT.
jaydosse Feb 20, 8:44 a.m.
This character ( Brady ) needs needs to be put away for a very long time, perhaps life with no chance of parole.
Glad to see that officer Potts id doing better.
changedmyname Feb 20, 8:41 a.m.
This Headline is in extremely poor taste
Who wrote this? Maybe
Trooper in good spirits despite being shot;Vermont man charged
Uhavenoclu Feb 20, 8:40 a.m.
That's what a-lot of the ghost hunter people are using is the dash cam,it has night vision on it and they are great.
Since now it says he is laughing and joking only goes to show...The "Victims" are the ones around who worry and not the "Victim",themselves.Hope his family are coping ok.
Sweet summertime Feb 20, 8:36 a.m.
Let us just hope our justice system doesn't let us down this time and put him behind bars for good.
autismawareness Feb 20, 8:35 a.m.
are you kidding? a home invasion where he cut someone and he is walking the streets? should've been put to death back then, or at least life with no parole. anyone entering another person's home is a little dangerous. i guess the few years rehabilitation was enough to teach him he had a second chance at freedom.
RustyDawg Feb 20, 8:28 a.m.
This guy is the poster boy for capital punishment. Some things can't be fixed but, they can be cured!
Lightfoot3 Feb 20, 8:24 a.m.
"Brady has long criminal history" - article
The understatement of the year! This dude doesn't need to be locked up, he needs to be put down, just like any other dangerous animal.
davido Feb 20, 8:12 a.m.
So glad Officer Potts is in good shape! Long road ahead I'm sure--good luck.
illegalsgohomerevised Feb 19, 7:59 p.m.
I can't imagine only having to serve 33 months for all he did in Vermont. That is why he was out to harm this LEO........so sad the court system is a revolving door.
God Bless and keep you Trooper Potts. Prayers with you and your family and friends from a fellow LEO retired.
Whatev333 Feb 19, 7:38 p.m.
Trooper Potts should get a Combat Action Ribbon. I am glad they got the suspect. Hope the dirtbag gets a judge that will show him no mercy.
workingforthosethatwont Feb 19, 6:56 p.m.
Even the first violent crime against a police officer should be minimum 10 years in prison. No exceptions and no excuses!
jmrado47 Feb 19, 6:46 p.m.
We need the two strikes law in North Carolina for violent crimes. Two violent felonies puts the criminal away for life. The purpose of the law is to prevent revolving door justice and to have truth in sentencing. It keeps the repeat offenders criminals off the streets. Georgia passed this law in the 1990s. The law cover seven violent crimes called the seven deadly sins. If you are in favor of this law, write to the governor to pass a two strikes law passed in North Carolina. Too many criminals are released to the streets to continue their past antisocial behavior.
djofraleigh Feb 19, 6:43 p.m.
he suffered from mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress, and had become an abuser of drugs and alcohol -- article
does this mean society goes easier on him in court, or takes him off the street before he does something?
11of10j Feb 19, 6:41 p.m.
Lock him up and throw away the key. It is evident that he cannot be reformed.
Lyle2 Feb 19, 6:37 p.m.
Get well soon trooper. May Mr. Brady spend an eternity behind bars now.
friskymonkey2 Feb 19, 6:33 p.m.
And this criminal had a gun, why? Did they release how he got a gun legally and why did someone sell him one? I bet it was illegal and he bought it on the street. Something a law-abiding citizen would not do. The gun is not the problem, people.....
earnhardtfan4ever Feb 19, 6:27 p.m.
i noticed one thing about this guy! they reported him having very short blonde hair, and the first pic of him it did look blondish, but when they arrested him, his hair looked like a quick, very bad, dye job to make it black! is this what happened or have they not noticed the different hair color yet?
timetochange Feb 19, 6:26 p.m.
A perfect example of whats wrong with the injustice system. tis guy held a woman hostage in Vermont and cut her. Then told the judge he didnt need to spend alot of time in jail because he was young enough to change. the judge believed him when he said he would change his life around and let him walk. Look what happened now. It wasnt the gun that caused this, it was the liberal judge in VT who let this evil person walk. Thanks judge, glad you cared about this viscious person rather than a trooper.
turbopir8 Feb 19, 6:20 p.m.
I believe the more appropriate charge is "Attempted 1st Degree Murder." Let's hope he is indicted for the real crime he committed and not what is has been charged with so far.
yankee1 Feb 19, 6:11 p.m.
Finally a bond that might be hard to attain! Pirate01 you either have a lawful society or you don't. You don't pick and choose which laws you enforce and which you don't, oh, unless you're Barack Obama, but that's for another forum.Mi,or infractions should get minor penalties and major infractions major penalties. Unfortunately, some Judges can't tell the difference.
eddybal Feb 19, 6:08 p.m.
These people are on the streets because we don't want to afford the prisons it would take to get them locked up.
pinehorse Feb 19, 5:58 p.m.
Wants to be a tough guy. He'll have the rest of his life in prison to prove just how tough.
dirtydozen431 Feb 19, 5:56 p.m.
Elect conservative judges.
walkindogs Feb 19, 5:54 p.m.
Our judicial system is broken! I don't understand why he was ever relaesed from prison in the first place.
Hill55 Feb 19, 5:40 p.m.
Will someone from the news contact the Vermont parole authorities and ask why such a violent individual was let out of prison after just 33 months.
Another example of a liberal state living the myth that prison is a "correctional" institution.
And this guy has a history of mental health issues.... Please locate those who are responsible for him being on the loose, identify these individuals and see that they are FIRED!
Pirate01 Feb 19, 5:33 p.m.
"His bail was set at $8 million.WOW - Folks don't get me wrong here I have all respect for our law enforcement that put their lives on the line daily - but when a bail is set this high compared to what we see as bail for a child molester or child killer the justice system is definitely showing favoritism. One who puts his hands on a child or elderly person should have a bond just as high."
EXACTLY!!! There are people who commit murder that get bail 1/10th of this.
d1967cm Feb 19, 5:30 p.m.
my thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Potts and his family. Mr. Brady will be going away for a long time.
jrfergerson Feb 19, 5:23 p.m.
His bail was set at $8 million.WOW - Folks don't get me wrong here I have all respect for our law enforcement that put their lives on the line daily - but when a bail is set this high compared to what we see as bail for a child molester or child killer the justice system is definitely showing favoritism. One who puts his hands on a child or elderly person should have a bond just as high.
Skywatch_NC Feb 19, 5:22 p.m.
Prayers and thoughts with Trooper Potts' and his family.
Kudos to the authorities on their apprehension of Mikel Brady and prayerfully/hopefully he'll be locked up for the rest of his life!
justafella Feb 19, 5:19 p.m.
Prayers for Trooper Potts fast recovery as well as all LEO's that are out there serving the public good.
Pirate01 Feb 19, 5:16 p.m.
"Didn't take long for the law enforcement haters to come out."
Not one single person has said they "hate" police and wish them ill will. Pointing out that ALL victims deserves the same intensity of effort when they are attacked does not imply hatred toward anyone. But, in fact, LOVE OF EVERYONE!!
disgusted2010 Feb 19, 5:12 p.m.
Didn't take long for the law enforcement haters to come out.
Pirate01 Feb 19, 5:09 p.m.
"So if he wasn't pulled over for the seatbelt, then all of this wouldn't have happened. So maybe this guy comes to conduct one of his 100+ break ins at your house, while your home with those you care about...you're right that seatbelt stop hasn't saved any future victims from this guy who has already attempted murder. There is a lot of ignorance in that one statement."
You are correct. There is a lot of ignorance in that one statement you made. That is quite the scenario you have created in your mind that now all seat belt violations are going to keep people from being murdered, raped and robbed in their homes. I have no ill will and wish the Trooper a long and happy life and hope the criminal never sees freedom again. But your reality does not exist in the real world. By your thought process we should arrest everyone for all minor infractions because they may break into peoples houses someday??
housemanagercary Feb 19, 5:02 p.m.
Why is this scum allowed to walk the earth any longer? After stabbing the woman and leaving her with a severe brain injury, he should have been put out of our misery but VT is a no death penalty state right? So they failed to get rid of him and he came here and has perpetrated who knows what crimes and now almost killed a trooper. TOTALLY should have NEVER happened.
Pirate01 Feb 19, 5:01 p.m.
"You are incorrect again my friend. I know of several situations where Law Enforcement Oficers were present during the time frame a crime was being committed. You must have a boring job, give credit where credit is due. Support your officers!"
There are always exceptions to every rule. But I would love to know a percentage of crimes vs crimes stopped. It would be VERY lopsided. There are plenty of honest cops that will tell you that you are responsible for your own safety. They can not be everywhere and most likely will not be there the moment you need them. There are plenty of videos on Youtube including recently the sheriff from somewhere in Wisconsin(?)who said the same thing and got some national media attention. I support every person who enforces the law and protects people. Reality is most of the time when that happens they are not police officers.
whocares Feb 19, 5:00 p.m.
Why is this guy even walking around free?
CarolinaCakeMob Feb 19, 4:57 p.m.
Can anyone explain why the fact the victim here is an LE Officer makes it that much more compeling or tragic? Does wearing a badge make you a more valuable human being? I'm glad the Trooper is OK and they got the guy, but it seems that when an LE officer is victimized it is treated much differently than when an average citizen if victimized. That kind of partiality really bothers me; LE should have as much zeal and motivation to find ALL criminals as they seem to do when "one of their own" is vitimized.
godshelper Feb 19, 4:54 p.m.
I just want to say....I am soooo thankful for all Law Enforcement Officers who are there when we need them and come to help us in a time of need. Thank you to All Troopers, Sheriff's Deputies, And Police Officers serving the citizens of North Carolina. May God Bless you all and shine his light upon you.
thatguy09 Feb 19, 4:52 p.m.
"The fact that someone else is pulled over for not wearing a seat belt is hardly going to save my life." -pirate01
So if he wasn't pulled over for the seatbelt, then all of this wouldn't have happened. So maybe this guy comes to conduct one of his 100+ break ins at your house, while your home with those you care about...you're right that seatbelt stop hasn't saved any future victims from this guy who has already attempted murder. There is a lot of ignorance in that one statement.
hpr641 Feb 19, 4:52 p.m.
Caught by a sharp-eyed trooper noticing a guy wasn't wearing his seat belt - WOW!
I don't think the things in his past even qualify as "excuses." I say they're just mile-markers ... things that help you see how an individual got to where he ended up.
God speed in your recovery Trp. Potts!
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2014-06-24 16:03:36