A Johnston County man accused of being the leader of a U.S.-based terrorism ring had pleaded guilty in New Bern federal court today.
Security was extremely tight around the federal courthouse for the appearance of Daniel Boyd. In a plea deal with the government Boyd admitted to two of 11 counts that he was facing.
Boyd pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide materials and support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country. He will be sentenced in about three months and faces up to life in prison plus a $500,000 fine.
Prosecutors accused Boyd and several other people in July 2009 of plotting international terrorism and conspiring to support terrorism. They accused Boyd of leading the work and plotting to attack government installations and kill U.S. military personnel.
The FBI has said agents seized some two dozen guns and more than 27,000 rounds of ammunition from Boyd's home. The indictment claims some of the men were training in military-style tactics and that all were plotting to kill, kidnap and maim as part of holy war.
During a 2009 detention hearing, federal authorities played audio tapes of Boyd talking in his home about protecting Muslims at all costs. It included long discussions about the struggle of Muslims, the honor of martyrdom and his disgust with the U.S. military.
"I love jihad. I love to stand there and fight for the sake of Allah," a voice identified as Boyd said.