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Brothers sentenced to prison for roles in NC terror ring

Posted December 20, 2011

— Two North Carolina men were sentenced to prison Tuesday for their roles in a home-grown terror cell that prosecutors say plotted attacks under their father's leadership. 

Dylan "Mohammed" Boyd, 25, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, while Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 22, was sentenced to nine years. They both pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

In addition to their prison time, Zak Boyd was fined $3,000, and Dylan Boyd was fined $1,000. Both will get credit for the more than two years they have spent in jail since their arrests.

Defense attorneys blame their involvement in terrorist activities on their father, Daniel Patrick Boyd, and his radical Muslim views. Daniel Boyd pleaded guilty in February to two counts of conspiracy and is still awaiting sentencing.

The brothers tearfully apologized for their actions, causing family members in the New Bern federal courthouse to weep.

"I look forward to being able to right the wrongs of my past actions," Zak Boyd said.

"My future will be one of productivity, positivity and amends," Dylan Boyd said.

They faced up to 15 years in prison, but prosecutors agreed to more lenient sentences. They noted that Zak Boyd had been very cooperative in the federal investigation of the terror cell, including convincing his brother to plead guilty, and that Dylan Boyd was less involved in the group's activities than others and actually challenged his father's beliefs on occasion.

Zak Boyd, Dylan Boyd Brothers tearfully apologize for roles in Triangle terror cell

Prosecutors, defense attorneys and family members all declined to comment after the court hearing.

The Boyds and four other Triangle men were 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.

Three of the others – Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 23, Ziyad Yaghi, 22, and Hysen Sherifi, 26 – were convicted in October and are awaiting sentencing. The seventh defendant, Anes Subasic, has yet to be tried.

Authorities believe another man charged in the case, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 22, is in Pakistan. 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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  • smegma Dec 21, 2011


  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 21, 2011

    Merry Christmas! Oh, my bad.

  • spokesman Dec 21, 2011

    People can post prayers for the Boyd brothers or register prayer commitments at and

  • Viewer Dec 21, 2011

    We seem to overlook that Chrisitianity was spread throughout Europe by the sword. They were given a simple choice: Convert or your whole family or tribe dies. So now stand in line at the stream.

  • granville93 Dec 21, 2011


  • dsuzstewart Dec 21, 2011

    I don't feel bad for them at all! They should be locked up and the key thrown away. I don't trust them as far as I can throw them. The chances are high that they will pick up where they left off as soon as they are free again.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 21, 2011

    Interestingly, like the Koran, the Bible contains many calls for violence and death against non-believers. (e.g. Jesus’ command in John 15:6 was responsible for tens of thousands of Inquisition deaths)

    Luckily for us, believers don’t usually take these passages seriously anymore.

  • warbirdlover Dec 21, 2011

    "All religious fundamentalism is abhorrent. These young men are no different learning hate at their father's knee than any rabid fundamentalist that learns hate in a Christian setting. All fundamentalists are essentially rabid in their heart. Hopefully in this new century we can move away from mythologies that cause so much hate and violence. monca"

    How true Monca. How are these guys any different than the hate fueled members of the Fred Phelps Cult of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas??

  • country jewel Dec 20, 2011

    I think justice has been served. It is sad that these two young men were unfortunate enough to have such a radical father that undoubtedly influenced them as teenagers and young adults. It sounds like they are truly regretting their actions. They will have a tough road ahead with this on their record.

  • lawncare5 Dec 20, 2011

    Tolerance, diversity, pushing ideas, beliefs and false gods on people, the Lord will sort it all out in the end.