Brothers in Triangle terror cell get sentences reduced
Posted June 27, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The sons of the leader of an area terrorist cell have had their prison sentences reduced, according to federal court records.
The sentence of Dylan "Mohammed" Boyd, 27, was cut from eight years in federal prison to seven, while Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 22, will now serve less than eight years, rather than his original nine-year sentence. Both have already served about four years behind bars.
The brothers pleaded guilty in 2011 to a charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
Court records show the sentences were reduced because of "changed circumstances" and to correct a clerical mistake.
They were among seven Triangle men arrested in July 2009 on charges that they plotted terrorist actions against overseas targets. A federal indictment said they raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks.
All seven, including the ringleader, Daniel Patrick Boyd, the brothers' father, are now serving prison terms.
An eighth person charged in the case was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, according to federal authorities.