Man draws 20-24 years for shooting trooper
Mikel Edward Brady II was sentenced to 20-24 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to shooting a N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper from Durham during a traffic stop last year.
As part of a plea deal, Brady pleaded to attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault on a law enforcement officer.
Brady was sentenced in Durham County Superior Court by Judge Elaine Bushfan.
He still faces charges in federal court.
The wounded trooper, Michael Potts, is still on medical leave.
Assistant District Attorney Jim Dornfried said the plea arrangement was made with Potts’ consent.
Potts was shot four times in February 2013 at a traffic stop on U.S. 70 in Durham. The trooper had stopped Brady for a seatbelt violation about 6:15 p.m. The bullets hit him in the face, hands and shoulder.
The trooper radioed a description of Brady, and law enforcement officers tracked his abandoned car to a restaurant on North Roxboro Street. He was arrested the next day in Raleigh.
Potts was not in court Tuesday, but released a statement saying: “I’m very pleased with the hard work of the Durham’s district attorney's office in this case, and grateful to the law enforcement officers who put in countless hours of hard work. I also thank the thousands of supporters, including the governor, that my family and I had during the hardest time of our lives. We look forward to moving ahead now that we have this closure.”
A patrol spokesman said Potts is out of the hospital but still receiving outpatient treatment. He is expected to return to duty.