Shooting suspect of cop pleads guilty

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Mikel Edward Brady II pleaded guilty Monday to a federal firearm charge, announced Ripley Rand, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.


Brady, age 24, of Durham, N.C., was indicted on May 28, 2013, for possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon following an investigation into the February 18, 2013, shooting of Trooper Michael Potts of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in Durham, N.C.


Potts pulled over a driver for not wearing a seat belt. Shortly after that, authorities say the driver opened fired. Potts was shot four times.


Brady was wanted by Vermont authorities on unrelated charges. It is unclear if the motive for the shooting was related to Brady being wanted Vermont authorities.


Calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office pertaining to Brady’s motive were not returned.


Per the Valley News, a news entity servicing Vermont and New Hamphire, local officials initially believed that Brady tried to poach a deer that turned out to be a decoy deployed by game wardens in Royalton. But after Joshua Hill (another suspect in the poaching) surrendered at a Hartord probation/parole office in early December of 2012, officials acknowledged they were unsure of Brady’s whereabouts.


Brady reappeared in North Carolina when his vehicle was pulled over by authorities.


Back in March, the State Highway Patrol released police radio communications of the backup call that followed the shooting of Trooper Potts.


Potts survived.


During the call, Potts can be heard frantically calling for help moments after he was shot.


Potts: “Signal 25, signal 25… Ah, (breathing heavily) 70 and Cheek Road. Hurry Raleigh subject’s gone. Raleigh, hurry up 70 and (inaudible). I’ve been shot in the side and the face.”


A signal 25 is a call for assistance.


According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office release, Brady pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He faces up to 10 years imprisonment, up to three years supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.


Brady is no stranger to law enforcement.


According to the Valley News, Brady pleaded guilty to breaking into the home of a Royalton woman in 2009 and beating her and her son with baseball bats. While facing those charges, Brady and his friend, Joshua Hill, fled to Mexico with Brady’s wife, Hill’s girlfriend, an infant child and a pit bull puppy. They were captured in a Cancun hotel.


Hill and Brady had previously been convicted of breaking into the Rock of Ages quarry in Bethel, Vt. and stealing more than 200 sticks of dynamite and other equipment, according to records.


For that offense, Brady was sentenced to 28 months to 10 years in prison. He served roughly the minimum sentence.


“The only chance our community has is making a difference in young people’s lives,” Babcock said during a Windsor Superior Court sentencing hearing in January 2011. “Otherwise, we may as well lock them up forever, and that doesn’t seem like a good idea. … He has to learn to have some value for life.”


Brady was eventually released from prison.


Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmedia.com.

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