Three Sentenced In North Carolina Terror Plot

Three North Carolina men are headed to federal prison for their involvement in a terror plot.

The three were sentenced today at federal court in New Bern.

The feds say Hysen Sherifi, Ziyad Yaghi and Omar Hassan plotted attacks on the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico and foreign targets. They were convicted after a month-long trial that started around the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

A judge sentenced Sherifi to 45 years in prison, Yaghi to 31 1/2 years, and Hassan to 15 years. All three will face probation terms after their release.

Judge Louise Flanagan said her court received many letters from people who wanted to be heard before sentencing in support of one or all of the men. Their convictions have stirred the Muslim community in the Raleigh area where they lived.

Hassan, Yaghi and Sherifi were among eight men who investigators say raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against those they deemed enemies of Islam.


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  • by Carl Kolchack Location: Pitt County on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    Former NC State Student? How 'bout calling them what they are...TERRORIST!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM
    Why hasn't a story come out as to whether these men were citizens of the US or foreign nationals? Is the real story here these foreign nationals can come to our colleges to use them as a base to attack us and really belong in Gitmo or was this somehow spontaneous associations by US citizens?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Hold on, let me go grab my tinfoil hat. be right back.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM in reply to
        Make sure you make the libterdial peewee hermin spike on it..... You kids shouldn't be playing on your moms computer again...
  • by me Location: bayboro on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    They should have been put to death. This liberal judge should have given them life at least. Who cares what their fellow Muslims think.
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      by Citizen on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM in reply to me
      Putting them to death would make them martars. Better to leave them in jail until they die of old age.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to Citizen
        Great idea.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM in reply to me
      This liberal judge has probably created a politically correct trend for other judges. This will encourage other terrorist!!!
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