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Third Johnston family member pleads guilty to terror plot

Posted September 14, 2011

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— A Johnston County man accused of plotting international terrorism with his father, brother and others pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Dylan "Mohammed" Boyd, 24, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. He will be sentenced later and faces up to 15 years in prison.

His father, the accused leader of the terrorist cell, Daniel Patrick Boyd, 41, pleaded guilty in February to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country.

Dylan Boyd's brother, Zakariya Boyd, 22, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

A federal indictment unsealed in 2009 alleges that eight Triangle men raised money to buy assault weapons and conduct training exercises, and that they arranged overseas travel and contacts to help others carry out violent acts on behalf of a radical jihadist political agenda.

The indictment paints Daniel Boyd, a drywall contractor, as an experienced jihadist who traveled to Afghanistan in 1989 to join the fight against Soviet occupation.

Prosecutors played audio tapes at a 2009 court hearing of Daniel Boyd talking about his disgust with the U.S. military, the honor of martyrdom and the need to protect Muslims.

The FBI said its 2009 search of Boyd's home in Willow Spring turned up about two dozen guns and more than 27,000 rounds of ammunition. Authorities have previously said the men trained in the weeks leading up to their arrest, practicing military tactics with armor-piercing bullets in Caswell County.

Three other men charged in the case – Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 23, Ziyad Yaghi, 22, and Hysen Sherifi, 26 – are scheduled to go on trial next week. A trial date for a seventh defendant, Anes Subasic, 34, hasn't been set.

Authorities believe another man charged in the case, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 22, is in Pakistan, although The Wall Street Journal reported last week that he was tied to a threatened terrorist attack in New York or Washington, D.C., on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

A ninth member of the group, Bajram Asllani, 30, was arrested in Kosovo last year, but the U.S. doesn't have an extradition treaty with that country.

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  • loprestw Sep 15, 2011

    After prison they should lose their citizenship and sent to some muslim country. Then they can live like the flintstones.

  • original intent Sep 15, 2011

    Something tells me the CIA/FBI keeps finding "useful" "easily swayed people" to keep the "sheeple" scared and begging for "security".....

    or were they recruited by----?---bowslinger 70
    answer is the CIA---to justify their existance(jobs)

  • whatusay Sep 14, 2011

    Terrorists should have solidary confinement, take 1 year off his prison sentence. Terrorists should not be able to educate or win-over recruits while in prison.

  • mep Sep 14, 2011

    Nothing like some home grown terrorists right in your backyard.
    One day, folks like these may make it unsafe to even visit the mall. Glad we got them before they did something very bad.

  • ashleesboss Sep 14, 2011

    I wish they wouldn't be let out so soon but I also hate the idea of them informing/educating the prison population which is already full of hate... hopefully in anyway the gov will monitor these men closely... aNd to think so close to home! That is scary!

  • bowslinger70 Sep 14, 2011

    I have to wonder how these folks all of the sudden decided to be terrorists--did they just read a book ?? or were they recruited by----?

  • jeffingarner Sep 14, 2011

    And to think he worked at WakeMed Raleigh as a phlebotomist not long before his arrest. Guess the screening process is not what it used to be?

  • workingforthosethatwont Sep 14, 2011

    aren't these the ones who said they hadn't done anything wrong when they were arrested?
    I guess they got an education on criminal law.

  • Mom2two Sep 14, 2011

    Where are all his family's neighbors and friends that were SO SURE that this was a government setup and there was NO WAY they could be guilty? Surely they aren't pleading guilty if they are innocent?

    Just another example of "and you think you know someone." NOT.

  • Tax Man Sep 14, 2011

    Perhaps another Guilty plea! Let's hope so and then he can testify against his buddies and put them all in prison! Where do these nuts come from?