Girlfriend of suspect in Durham trooper shooting sentenced


A Durham County judge gave Lyndsey Smith a sentence of 24 months probation.

Smith was charged with accessory after the fact and harboring a fugitive in the Feb. 19 shooting of Potts.

Authorities have said Smith's reported boyfriend and father of her then-unborn baby, Mikel Edward Brady II, shot Potts after he was pulled over on U.S. Highway 70 at Cheek Road near Interstate 85. The officer was shot four times and suffered wounds to each hand, his right shoulder, and the right side of his face.

In May 2013, a judge allowed Smith to return to her home state of Vermont under GPS monitoring and was under house arrest until she gave birth. She was only able to leave her house for medical appointments. Smith's bond had been set at $1.5 million.

Brady, of White Pines Drive in Durham, has been sentenced to 24 years for attempted murder and at least 40 years on a federal gun conviction. He was also wanted on an absconder warrant from Vermont at the time of the shooting.

Meanwhile, Potts returned to work in February of this year.

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