Michael Hager: Vermont failed

February 25, 2013 

Vermont failed

As a former Vermont resident, I’m appalled that the people of Vermont received only 28 months of prison time from Mikel Brady, the man who allegedly shot N.C. state trooper Michael Potts on Feb, 18.

I’m further perplexed that Vermont Corrections commissioner Andy Pallito was quoted by WCAX in Burlington, Vt., as saying that if he had reservations about releasing Brady early he wouldn’t have released him. Pallito knew that Brady left a woman with a traumatic brain injury from an assault. He knew that Brady is bi-polar. He knew that Brady had countless home invasions, felony theft, gun charges and a federal crime of theft of dynamite.

Through the state of Vermont’s gross negligence, I ask, who pays for the tens of thousands spent on the manhunt in Durham? Who pays for the court costs and potential prison time that Mikel Brady may serve?

Michael Hager


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