Man who shot Durham trooper gets 40 years

Feb. 21, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Mikel Edward Brady II, who pleaded guilty to shooting a state trooper from Durham, was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison in federal court in Greensboro on a firearm charge.

Brady was sentenced for possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the shooting of Trooper Mike Potts during a traffic stop in Durham last year.

Chief U.S. District Judge William L. Osteen Jr. also sentenced Brady to five years of supervised release after his prison term is completed.

In January, Brady was sentenced in Durham County Superior Court to 20 to 24 years after he pleaded guilty to shooting Potts four times at the traffic stop on U.S. 70. The trooper had stopped Brady for a seatbelt violation about 6:15 p.m. Feb. 18.

As part of a plea deal with Durham prosecutors, Brady pleaded to attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Potts was on medical leave for months and recently returned to active duty.