Homegrown NC terror suspect due in court

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Hysen Sherifi

RALEIGH, N.C. — One of the suspects in the murder for hire plot linked to the Triangle terror case is due to appear in court Monday.

Federal authorities charged Shkumbin Sherifi and another woman with conspiracy to commit murder.

In federal documents, an agent said Sherifi’s brother, Hysen, wanted three witnesses beheaded for $5,000.

Hysen Sherifi was sentenced to 45 years last January in what prosecutors described as a conspiracy to attack the Marine base at Quantico, Va., and targets abroad.

Three other men in his Johnston County, North Carolina-based terror cell pled guilty to terrorism charges in 2011, and three more defendants were found guilty at trial. Another defendant still awaits trial, while an eighth suspect remains at large.

According to an affidavit, Hysen Sherifi confided in an informant that he wanted to kill three witnesses who testified against him and a prisoner he believed had stolen from him.

His brother Shkumbin allegedly paid an FBI informant $4,250 in cash toward the first killing.

Sherifi is expected in a Raleigh courtroom at 9 a.m.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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