Durham trooper shooting suspect takes plea deal

Mikel Edward Brady II (ABC11 Reporter Anthony Wilson)

January 14, 2014 9:29:35 AM PST
A man accused of shooting a state trooper in Durham last year has pleaded guilty to attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Authorities say on Feb. 18, 2013, Mikel Edward Brady II shot Trooper Michael Potts after he was pulled over on U.S. Highway 70 at Cheek Road near Interstate 85 for a seatbelt violation.

The officer was shot four times and suffered wounds to each hand, his right shoulder, and the right side of his face. He has since recovered from his injuries.

On Tuesday, Brady was sentenced to 20 years in North Carolina prison as part of a plea deal. He is still awaiting federal sentencing after pleading guilty last August to possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

At the time of the shooting, Brady was also wanted on an absconder warrant from Vermont.

Brady has been in the Durham County Jail since his arrest on Feb. 19, 2013.

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