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Brothers in Triangle terror cell get sentences reduced

Posted June 27, 2013

— 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.


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  • ttbs1031 Jun 28, 2013

    Unbelievable, what kind of a dumb donkey judge would do such a thing. Why did they go to the trouble to have a trial, complete waste of taxpayers money. Maybe these crazies will go by the judges house when they get out and thank him.

  • outhousecat Jun 27, 2013

    I hope somebody slaps that smirk off the oldest son's face while he's in prison. If not, I'll gladly do it when he gets out.

  • lovethecrazycomment Jun 27, 2013

    Yah why not, every other enemy of America gets treated with kid gloves by our justice system. Meanwhile some pot dealer is still looking at another 15 years to go. Pitiful.

    Crumps Br0ther

    It is not often I agree with anything you say, but I agree 100% with you on this!

  • moomoo Jun 27, 2013

    Okay Scubagirl--Lets look at it another way. Just by chance the person who made this mistake did so the "other way". Instead of having to reduce the sentence, the mistake made was on the lesser side. Meaning the court meant for the man to be sentenced longer but the order was typed for a "lesser sentence". Going by your logic, the person would have to keep the lesser sentence instead of going back to the Judge and having the correct sentence imposed. Sorry, but that is not how it works. The court has the ability and the necessity to correct a typographical error when notified of same. That is not "making an excuse" for anyone, that is what the court is suppose to do. BTW, if you are employed, you are a special employee and I am sure your employer is most apprecative for your employment duties which are done to perfection.

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  • Navigate life Jun 27, 2013

    First, I am disappointed in the original sentence given by the Judge.

    The law (unlawful conduct) is weak to begin with because the most time you can get without a death being involved is 15 years.

  • heavye Jun 27, 2013

    Take a good look, we will see them again.

  • Scubagirl Jun 27, 2013

    well I don't know about you moomoo, but if I was responsible for transcription of something a terrorist did you can bet ANYTHING you own that I would be making absolutely certain that all the t's were crossed, all the i's dotted and NO MISTAKES were made! So mistakes might be OK, but when it comes to terrorists NONE ARE!!! The law abiding citizens of the US are subjected to all kinds of things now BECAUSE of people of their ilk and I for one don't appreciate it one bit that YOU or anyone else makes excuses for these mistakes.

  • Navigate life Jun 27, 2013

    So they donated ten bucks and got 8 years.

  • moomoo Jun 27, 2013

    First, I am disappointed in the original sentence given by the Judge. I feel it should have been much longer but that is the system we have. Now, for lwe1967 comment--"fire the person responsible" wow-kinda over reaction dont u think. I can only assume that if lwe1967 ever makes a mistake at his/her job, then termination will be in order-no questions asked. One should realize that that sometimes what the Judge "orders or writes" in the courtroom is not what is transcribed or interpreted correctly in the Clerk's office where the ct. order is typed. Then the order goes back to the Judge for signature. If any part of the order is not correct (which this appears to be the case) then the order is corrected and given back to the Judge. Committing an error has nothing to do w/terroists or any other crime. Errors occur and hopefully they can be corrected, which is what took place in this case.