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The first of four North Carolina prisoners was convicted of killing four prison workers

A North Carolina prisoner was found guilty on Monday of killing four prison workers during a failed escape attempt two years ago.

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Jury members discussed about half an hour before convicting Mikel Brady, 30, for four counts of first-degree murder in the state's deadliest attempt to break out.

The jury will then recommend whether Brady should receive life in prison or execution, while three other prisoners await their trial in the murders.

Jury members discussed about half an hour before convicting Mikel Brady (photo), 30, for four counts of first-degree murder in the state's deadliest attempt to break out.

Brady was tried on October 12, 2017 on charges of stabbing and sleeping asleep by two prison guards, a maintenance officer, and a sewing factory manager.

He and his fellow prisoners Jonathan Monk, Wisezah Buckman, Seth Frazier were accused, at the time of their failed attempt to escape from the Pasquotank Correctional Institute, of using hammers to crush skulls and scissors to spear the flesh of their victims.

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According to an autopsy report, one victim was stabbed more than 65 times.

Corrections Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, Corrections Officer Justin Smith, Corrections Officer Wendy Shannon and maintenance officer Geoffrey Howe were identified by the authorities as the victims in the brutal escape attempt.

Monk, Buckman and Frazier are also confronted with first-degree murder in the fatal attack on the prison in Elizabeth City, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Raleigh.

Brady was also convicted for 10 other crimes, including attempted escape, assault with a deadly weapon, and setting the prison on fire. The fire was intended to cause chaos in a sewing workshop to distract the guards and support the prisoners' attempt to escape, the authorities said.

He was already serving time for attempted murder after shooting a North Carolina trooper a short distance away in 2013. At the time of the shooting, he had sought a refugee from Vermont for a probationary violation.

Jury members watched a video in which Brady told the investigators that he was upset about his almost 25-year sentence and felt that he had nothing to lose. He said he had wanted to escape for months before taking the break.

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Corrections Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden was identified as one of the four victims brutally murdered by four prisoners during a failed escape from the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in 2017

Correction manager Justin Smith was identified as one of the four victims brutally murdered by four prisoners during a failed escape from the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in 2017

Correction manager Wendy Shannon was identified as one of four victims brutally murdered by four prisoners during a failed escape from the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in 2017

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Maintenance officer Justin Smith was identified as one of the four victims brutally murdered by four prisoners during a failed escape from the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in 2017

Brady described the attack on one of the victims in the interview and described how the prisoners attacked one of the correction officers – Shannon – and hit her until she & # 39; stopped & # 39 ;.

& # 39; Until she stopped something? & # 39; asked the interrogating law enforcement officer.

& # 39; Moving, & # 39; Brady replied.

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Jury members also saw photos of prison cameras from the four prison workers lying in pools of blood while Brady and others stood over them armed with hammers or scissors, The Virginian Pilot reports.

Prison understaffing at the time of the attack was so severe that employees cut back on ways that put staff at risk, an evaluation team from an arm of the US Department of Justice found in a report released last year.

A quarter of Pasquotank prison jobs were vacant and dependence on managers for overtime led to burnout and complacency, the National Institute of Corrections report said.

Underserved prison staff failed to keep track of tools, metal shards, and hazardous chemicals, the report said.

Doors remained unlocked and prisoners roamed unseen around the sewing factory where the fire was lit and created undiscovered hiding places out of sight of video cameras.

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Darden, head of the sewing factory, was 50. Howe, who was in maintenance, was 31. The correction staff Smith and Shannon were 35 and 49 respectively.

The jury will then recommend whether Brady (photo) should get prison life or execution, while three other prisoners await their trial in the killings

The jury will then recommend whether Brady (photo) should get prison life or execution, while three other prisoners await their trial in the killings

The jury will then recommend whether Brady (photo) should get prison life or execution, while three other prisoners await their trial in the killings

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