Prosecutors seeking death penalty against 4 in Pasquotank escape attempt

Three suspects of a failed Pasquotank prison break are seen in court (dressed in gray) on Dec. 6, 2017. From left to right: Wisezah Buckman, Mikel Brady and Jonathan Monk. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty against all three. (WAVY/Erin Kelly).

PASQUOTANK, N.C. (WAVY) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalaty against all four inmates charged in the failed Pasquotank prison escape — Wisezah Buckman, Seth Frazier, Mikel Brady and Jonathan Monk.. A hearing for the fourth inmate charged, Jonathan Monk, is scheduled to begin Wednesday afternoon.

State officials say the inmates started a fire in the facility’s sewing plant in October. According to police, the inmates then tried to escape the prison, but were caught before leaving the prison yard. During the chaos, several people were hurt and hospitalized. Four prison workers died in the attack.

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Prosecutors charged the inmates with first-degree murder in connection with the incident. In October, the inmates were indicted on several other charges, including burning a public building, felony riot and assault with a deadly weapon.

The prison has remained on the lockdown since the deadly attack. Meanwhile, the prison’s sewing plant where the ambush happened has been closed indefinitely.

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