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Brothers Sentenced In NC Terror Ring

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) -- Two brothers have been sentenced in federal court in New Bern to federal prison time for helping their father plan to carry out terrorist attacks against U.S. military and other targets.

Twenty-two-year-old Zakariya Boyd was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in federal prison and 25-year-old Dylan Boyd was sentenced to eight years.

Each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide support to terrorists, which carried a maximum of 15 years in prison. Both cooperated with prosecutors and on Tuesday apologized for their actions.

Federal prosecutor John Bowler told Judge Louise Flanagan the brothers were isolated and controlled by their father, Daniel Boyd, and his radical anti-American views.

The Boyds were among eight men who raised money, stockpiled weapons and planned for jihadist attacks against American military targets and others they considered enemies of Islam.

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Two North Carolina men are about to learn their sentences after pleading guilty to their roles in a home-grown terror cell that prosecutors say plotted attacks under their father's leadership.

Dylan Boyd and Zakariya Boyd are scheduled for sentencing Tuesday in federal court in New Bern. Defense attorneys blame their involvement on their father Daniel Boyd and his radical Muslim views.

Prosecutors say the brothers were part of a group of eight men who raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against American military targets and others they considered enemies of Islam.

Twenty-two-year-old Zak and 25-year-old Dylan Boyd each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, which carries a maximum of 15 years in prison. Both cooperated with prosecutors and expect lesser sentences.


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