DURHAM: Mikel Brady pleads guilty to 2013 shooting of trooper - WFLA News Channel 8

Man pleads guilty to 2013 shooting of NC Highway Patrol trooper

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Mikel Brady pleaded guilty to shooting Trooper Mike Potts on Feb. 18, 2013. Mikel Brady pleaded guilty to shooting Trooper Mike Potts on Feb. 18, 2013.
DURHAM, N.C. -

A man charged with shooting a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper in February 2013 has pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder, among other charges.

Mikel Brady pleaded guilty Tuesday to three charges each of attempted first degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearms.

The plea carries a maximum sentence of 24 years and 7 months in prison.

Brady shot Trooper Mike Potts five times while Potts was performing a routine traffic stop on Feb. 18, 2013.

Brady was arrested a day after the shooting and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was later indicted on federal charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In August 2013, Brady pleaded guilty to the federal charge of 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 on that charge.

In a statement, Potts said his family looks forward "to moving ahead now that we have this closure."

"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," Potts said. "I also thank the thousands of supporters, including the Governor, that my family and I had during the hardest time of our lives."

Brady grew up in Vermont and has had a long history of trouble with the law. He was a wanted fugitive in Vermont, having escaped from a furlough program, and authorities in Vermont had been searching for him for months until the shooting.

The Herald of Randolph, a Vermont newspaper, reported that Brady's father was fatally stabbed in a hostage situation in 2002. The newspaper said Brady later developed problems with drugs and alcohol and was involved in "a two-year crime spree, that police believe included more than 100 burglaries."

According to the paper, those crimes included robbing a McDonald's and stealing a large amount of dynamite from a quarry.

The article also details a 2009 home invasion in which Janet Babcock testified that Brady and another man broke into her home wearing ski masks and wielding baseball bats. She testified that he pulled a knife across her arm five times while demanding money.

The newspaper quoted her as saying, "I'd never seen someone take pleasure in hurting someone before."

Brady's pregnant girlfriend, Lyndsey Smith, 21, was arrested and charged with being an accessory after the fact in connection with Potts's shooting. She was later released into the custody of her parents so that she can give birth.

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