Man sentenced to 40 years for gun charge related to Durham trooper shooting

From staff reportsFebruary 21, 2014 

— A federal judge Friday sentenced a 23-year-old man to 40 years in prison on a gun charge related to the shooting of a state trooper last year in Durham.

Mikel Edward Brady was already behind bars serving a state sentence of more than 25 years for the shooting of State Highway Patrolman Michael Potts on Feb. 18, 2013.

On Friday, Brady pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. U.S. District Judge William L. Osteen Jr. sentenced him to 40 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greensboro.

Trooper Potts stopped a passenger car operated by Brady on U.S. 70 in Durham. Brady was on probation with federal authorities following a conviction for theft of explosives and was on the run from a Vermont prison furlough program.

Brady shot Trooper Potts in the face, his right shoulder and his hands before fleeing and was arrested the next day. Potts recovered from his injuries and recently returned to duty.

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