Convicted US terrorist in NC beheading plot trial

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28-year-old Hysen Sherifi

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man sentenced to spend decades in prison for a homegrown terrorist plot is raising little resistance against charges that he sought to have government witnesses killed.

The case against 28-year-old Hysen Sherifi began Monday in Raleigh with the defendant acting as his own lawyer and waving off early opportunities to resist the government’s case against him.

Authorities say Sherifi tried to hire a hit man, then recruited his brother and a 47-year-old former special education teacher to behead government witnesses who testified against him in his terror trial.

Sherifi was sentenced last year to 45 years in prison for plotting to attack the Marine base in Quantico, Va., and overseas targets. He was one of six Raleigh Muslims convicted last year in the terror plot.

Credit: The Associated Press.