Prosecutors seek death penalty for inmates in attempted prison escape in NC

PASQUOTANK COUNTY, N.C. – Prosecutors in North Carolina told a judge Wednesday that they intend to seek the death penalty for four inmates involved in a deadly attempted prison escape in Pasquotank County.

Four prison workers died in the attack and several other were hospitalized, WTKR reports.

Authorities have charged 28-year-old Mikel Brady, 29-year-old Wisezah Buckman, 33-year-old Seth J. Frazier, and 30-year-old Jonathan M. Monk were each handed down with indictments for:

  • Four counts of first degree murder
  • Five counts of assault with a deadly weapon
  • One count of felony riot
  • One count of burning a building
  • One count of attempted escape from prison
  • One misdemeanor count of assault with a deadly weapon


They’re also facing charges of felony riot and burning a public building.

The incident occurred Thursday, October 12 around 3 p.m. when officials say inmates started a fire around 3 p.m. in the facility’s Specialty Sewing Plant, where about 30 inmates work producing embroidered logo items, safety vests and other sewn items. After the fire was set, several inmates unsuccessfully attempted to escape.

The next court hearing in this case is scheduled for March 1.