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Death penalty sought for inmates involved in failed prison escape

Clockwise, from top left: Wiszeah Buckman, Seth Frasier, Johnathan Monk and Mikel Brady (Photos courtesy Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The four inmates largely responsible for the attempted prison break at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City back in October will be facing the death penalty.

ABC affiliate WVEC and reporter Jemie Lee reports Wisezah Buckman, Seth Frazier and Mikel Brady will be facing the death penalty, according to District Attorney Andrew Womble. A fourth inmate, Jonathan Monk, washaving his death penalty hearing Wednesday.

Wisezah Buckman, Seth Frazier and Mikel Brady officially facing death penalty charges. Death penalty hearing for Jonathan Monk will be held later. Lots of family in courtroom #13newsnow

-- Jemie Lee (@13JemieLee) December 6, 2017

4th inmate Jonathan Monk just arrived for his rule 24 hearing. DA will inform judge he is seeking the death penalty for Monk #13newsnow pic.twitter.com/1EENBQPR3u

-- Jemie Lee (@13JemieLee) December 6, 2017

All four suspects were charged with:

-- 4 counts of first degree murder

-- 1 count of attempted murder

-- 5 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill

-- 1 count of felony riot

-- 1 count of burning a building

-- 1 count of attempted escape from prison

-- 1 count of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon

Inmates were each indicted on two more counts of first degree murder and 1 ct of misdemeanor assault w deadly weapon. This is in addition to a long list of other charges #13newsnow

-- Jemie Lee (@13JemieLee) December 6, 2017

Four prison employees died during the attempted prison break. Correctional officer Justin Smith, 35, Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50, correctional officer Wendy Shannon, 49, and maintenance mechanic Geoffrey Howe, 31, were killed. Smith and Darden died on the day of the attack with Shannon and Howe later passing from their injuries.

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