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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  • by thomas Location: colorado on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    People can post prayers for the Boyd boys, Zak & Dylan, and their father, Daniel, and people can register commitments to pray for them at the Adopt a Terrorist For Prayer web site. Find their prayer pages quickly using the search function at the top of the adoptaterrorist home page.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Dec 20, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    Should be charged with treason and put before a firing squad. We have the weakest justice system in the world. No punishment ever fits the crime because the system is run by lawyers.
  • by B on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    It appears as if Anonymous has forgotten about Timothy McVeigh who, as a Christian, murdered 168 of his fellow Americans. Perhaps Anonymous also overlooked Eric Robert Rudolph, who was born a Christian, but apparently thought it was okay to bomb, maim and kill others in the U.S. Let's also not forget the Ku Klux Klan who, all Christians, thought it was perfectly permissible to torture and murder Blacks, Jews, and Catholics, all of whom were also Americans. Indeed, it is easy (and, perhaps, convenient) to ignore the fact that adherents to virtually every major religion--be they Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Jewish, Hundu, Baptist--has, at one time or another, committed murder in the name of God.
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      by A-C on Dec 20, 2011 at 02:43 PM in reply to B
      Do you see this happen anymore?NOT!Until then talk about the matter at hand.How many terrorist have been true christians ever?Compare them to the amount we have as muslim in the last few years.Time to shut your ideology trap now aint it.Timothy McGay was acting in his sick un christian mind to janet renos attack at wako.How many innocent USA kids death are on janet renos resume?
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:16 PM in reply to B
      Keep it objective progressive guy, now name all the attacks and deaths from muslim terrorists on the US...expecially, the numbers. Yet you side with the communists who killed millions in china and Russia in the name of socialism of the people. AGain, your people, its OK. So the muslim that would cut your liberal head off faster than mine, you support also. You are the infidel and now is their time of wait, wait to see what happens then strike in Caliphate. Then all the gays will be killed along with the sympathizers...thats you. I am of a catholic religion....we forgave those that would kill us like always...the muslim terrorist, this is what they live for.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:27 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Get a job.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:34 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Get a job!!
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      by The flood on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:35 PM in reply to B
      Timothy McVeigh was not a Christian. He said so in his own words. Look up the Guardian UK article which includes a letter he wrote where he clearly states he is not a Christian. Libs looking to slander Christianity always fall back on this false premise.
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        by A-C on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:47 PM in reply to The flood
        You got that right...Maybe she should have itch by her name!
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        by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:33 PM in reply to The flood
        It is truly amazing. My Bible says nothing about conservatism or liberalism. I've always believed it to be the Word of God.
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          by The flood on Dec 21, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to
          Claiming McVeigh is a Christian is 100% liberal spin. There is a war on Christianity and liberals are at the forefront.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    arrest them for being stupid and ugly.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    All their going to do is spread their word in prison. Now instead of 2 people to worry about, we will have another 10. Thanks Justice System for your help!! It's a real honor to pay your salary!!!
  • by obamanot on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    Dave I would say yellow as in cowards.
  • by Gary Location: WInterville on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    So in about 3 to 4 years they will be free to try again!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Twiddle dee and twiddle dum.. or is it "dumb?" They got off easy. They should never see the light of day! I bet when they get out, they will go right back to the same stuff... Wise up Justice system!
  • by steve Location: greenville on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    This reminds me of the Clayton Bigsby skits on the Chapell Show, or when you get a mexican guy working at the Japanese steakhouse. pretty funny. Except these idiots might have actually killed people if they were smart enough. Scary to see the less intelligent of our population taking up islam. not a good recipe.
  • by Dave on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    do you think he is black, white, green or orange
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