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Leader of Triangle terror cell, associate sentenced to prison

Posted August 24, 2012

— More than three years after their arrests, the Johnston County leader of a local terrorist cell and one of the cell members were sentenced Friday to federal prison for plotting to wage jihad on targets they saw as enemies of Islam.

Daniel Patrick Boyd, who pleaded guilty about 18 months ago to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad. Since then, he has cooperated with the government to convict his followers, received an 18-year sentence.

Anes Subasic, who was the last member of the group convicted when a jury found him guilty in June of the same charges, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

They were among eight men who federal investigators say raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against American military and foreign targets. Seven of them were arrested in July 2009.

The eighth member of the group, Jude Kenan Mohammad, has never been arrested. Authorities said they believe he is in Pakistan, although some people have suggested he is dead.

Boyd was apologetic upon hearing his sentence, which also included a $3,000 fine, in the federal courtroom in New Bern.

"That was not me. That was something I allowed myself to become. Please, everyone, as best you can, forgive me," he said.

The 42-year-old said he grew up in a home where his father often criticized the U.S., and he said the stress from family and health issues later allowed him to fall into extremism.

"That very American spirit inside of me pushed me to do what is correct," he said of his cooperation with prosecutors. "There is never a wrong time to do the right thing."

Triangle terror case graphic Terror leader apologetic; cell member angry

Subasic, 36, of Holly Springs, took the opposite tack, erupting in the courtroom when his sentence was announced.

The Bosnian native represented himself in the case, presented 200 pages of objections during a four-hour hearing and screamed at Senior U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan and federal prosecutors.

"I'm not guilty. I'm not a terrorist. I'm not Muslim. I can't repent for something I didn't do," he said, arguing that he was convicted by witnesses who lied and flimsy government evidence.

"I have nothing to do with it. This is stupid and retarded," he said.

When prosecutors suggested a life sentence for Subasic, he yelled, "How about two life sentences?"

Flanagan called Subasic a "bully" with a "grandiose sense of self-importance." In addition to his prison sentence, she fined him $1,000 and ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation while behind bars.

Last September, Subasic also was found guilty of two counts of unlawful procurement of citizenship.

Boyd's two sons, Dylan and Zakariya, pleaded guilty last summer and were sentenced to eight and nine years in prison, respectively.

Hysen Sherifi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan and Ziyad Yaghi were convicted in a trial last fall. Sherifi, whose charges included plotting an attack on the Marine base in Quantico, Va., received a 45-year prison sentence, while Yaghi was sentenced to more than 31 years in prison and Hassan received a 15-year sentence.


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  • iwannareply Aug 30, 2012

    Where did they work? I need a job

  • iwannareply Aug 28, 2012

    I believe everything in the book- Religion of Peace?: Islam's War With The World.

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  • westernwake1 Aug 24, 2012

    I hope that both of them rot in prison for a long time.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 24, 2012

    "Post is too similar to one of your previous posts; could be a duplicate post."

    So what? You didn't post it the first time, and there's nothing wrong with the post.

    So, he's the leader, then he turns on those he recruited, cooperates with the state and gets less time?
    I remember when this news broke and his neighbors were putting signs in their yards in support of him because they didn't think he could have done it. How are the neighbors feeling about all this now?

  • Alexia.1 Aug 24, 2012

    What evidence was there that the guy who got 30 years committed the crime? He apparently strongly contends he had nothing to do with it. Are there email or voice recordings to substantiate the prosecutions' claims of guilt?

  • Brogden Aug 24, 2012

    Why did the one failed terrorist get 30 years when the article says he was found guilty of the same charges as the leader of the group who only got 18 years? What did I miss?

  • wakeforest914 Aug 24, 2012

    oh,thats nice...now he can go in and recruit MORE muslims for his cause!

  • bitsyfae1 Aug 24, 2012

    My bad, that was Boyd in Willow Spring. Wow, is Fuquay safe now?

  • DIGBY67 Aug 24, 2012

    Wording of headline - WIN