North Carolina: Two Muslims plead guilty in plot to behead terror trial witnesses

Admitted Islamic beheading plotter was director of special education at Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School in Morrisville, North Carolina.

via Pair pleads guilty in plot to kill witnesses in Triangle terror trial :: WRAL.com.

Two people pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that they plotted to behead witnesses from a terrorism trial involving several Triangle men.

Nevine Aly Elshiekh, 47, and Shkumbin Sherifi, 22, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for hire. They are scheduled to be sentenced in February, when they face up to 10 years in prison.

Elshiekh and Sherifi were arrested in January after an FBI sting in which Sherifi’s brother, Hysen Sherifi, allegedly tried to have three witnesses in his October 2011 federal terrorism trial killed.

Hysen Sherifi, 27, was sentenced in January to 45 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., as well as targets overseas. Six other men also are serving federal prison sentences for their roles in the terror cell.

Court records show that an FBI informant posing as a hit man accepted a $750 down payment on a killing from Elshiekh, who also provided the informant with the names of the people to be killed.

Shkumbin Sherifi later paid the informant $4,250 for the first killing, and the informant showed him doctored photos that appeared to show a beheaded corpse in a shallow grave as a way of confirming that he had killed a witness, according to court records.

Defense attorneys for Elshiekh, a former special education teacher at Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School in Morrisville, had maintained that she was a pawn in the alleged plot.

She struck up a relationship with Hysen Sherifi after his trial, which she attended because she is a family friend of Omar Hassan, another member of the terror cell who was tried along with Sherifi.

Her attorneys said she was just a courier who passed along information from Hysen Sherifi and never knew that he wanted people beheaded.

Aly Elshiekh, a retired North Carolina State University professor, declined to comment on his daughter’s plea, saying only that he believes in the U.S. justice system.

Defense attorney James Payne said pleading guilty was difficult for Shkumbin Sherifi.

“He was ready and willing to come forward and do the right thing,” Payne said.

As part of their plea agreements, Elshiekh and Shkumbin Sherifi could testify against Hysen Sherifi when his trial begins next week.

Notice anything obvious missing from this article?

Reporter and/or Web Editor Matthew Burns made sure that reality is kept from the public. Jihad, Islam, Muslim, Islamic jihad, sharia – nowhere to be found in this article or others online. Another source, the Charlotte Observer, is equally non-descriptive yet slipped in their back story:

Three years ago, eight men were accused of stockpiling weapons in rural Johnston County and conspiring to commit jihad overseas.

In August, Daniel Patrick Boyd, the man prosecutors described as the ringleader of a homegrown terror cell, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

They were plotting jihad in the U.S. too, on a USMC base at Quantico.

The federal accusations in July 2009 were that eight men had been amassing weapons and plotting to maim, injure and kidnap people abroad and at a stateside military base.

Boyd, 42, pleaded guilty in February 2011 to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder persons abroad. His sons – Dylan Boyd, 24, and Zakariya Boyd, 21 – also accepted plea deals in exchange for their testimony against other suspects, including Hysen Sherifi, 27, accused in the murder-for-hire plot.

Sherifi and three others fought the terror accusations at trial but were unsuccessful.

In October 2011, a federal jury convicted Hysen Sherifi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 25, and Ziyad Yaghi, 24.

Hassan and Yaghi were found guilty of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Yaghi was convicted also of conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country. Hassan received a 15-year prison term, and Yaghi received 31 years in prison.

Sherifi was found guilty of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists; conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country; two counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence; and conspiring to kill a federal officer or employee. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Boyd ‘s two sons received the lightest sentences in the case. Zakariya Boyd received a nine-year sentence for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Dylan Boyd was sentenced to eight years in prison for aiding and abetting a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Dozens of posts on the North Carolina jihadists and their support from the Muslim community and Muslim Brotherhood linked groups in the U.S. – here.

15 Responses

  1. Donna L. Cook Cell: 931-374-1215 E:Mail donna.cook215@gmail.com Twitter: DonnaCook5 Facebook: Donna Churchwell Cook

  2. So it’s not enough just to pay $5K in a murder-for-hire plot? The jihadist paid $5K to guarantee that his intended victim would be beheaded. Charming, really.

  3. Elshiekh, a former special education teacher at Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School in Morrisville. . . great reason to do away with charters!

  4. Was this a Gullen Charter School?

  5. I have a suggestion. Are you able to post all the activities on a single day? I think all activities in one day were posted on one page, with click on access to the full stories, would be a powerful way to show all that is happening in the world of creeping sharia. Thanks! Debbie Anderson acting4mnpls@gmail.com

  6. Islam ” The Religion of Peace” ,said often. The actions of its followers show a different story. Sharia Law For All, Freedom For None.

  7. Do we all realise there will not be enough prisons to send all these Musims they will never stop and will end up bancrupting the west with there paying for them to be in our prisons on tax payers money why should they pay just deport them and start using finger printing to get in and out of our weston countires so they can not get back becasue lets face it they all look the same dont they , they are nealry all called mohammed and claim for all their kids called mohammed and he kids they don;t have called mohammed and the politicians are forcing the UK indigenious to pay for this we should sue them is this poosible I am serious? Have we grounds to do so?

    • Good point, WH, I’ve been saying same for years. There are many out there who “believe” that given enough time, lawsuits, prison time, education, MONEY, attorneys, judges, cops, etc., that Muslims will eventually straighten up and fly right. I don’t. And, Muslims themselves, prove such a silly belief wrong every day. By believing such, we are falling into the Islamic lawfare/jihad of wasted resources trap. First off, these things should be taken out of civilian courts and put into military courts. These people are not “criminals”, they are terrorists and should be expeditiously exterminated. I mean, where are we going to put even one percent of Muslims? There are, what, 1.6 billion? If one percent, if it’s that low, are “radicals”, that’s 16,000,000 Muslims (more than the total population of Jewish people on the planet). And, with the Great Pretender in office, we can’t even bring a criminal like Nidal Hasan to trial. When I was a kid, he would have been executed two years ago.

  8. Quantico? Seriously? Grandiose bunch of f***ks, aren’t they? They should have let them try to carry it out. At least, they’d be dead and we wouldn’t have the expense of incarcerating them forever. What a bunch of f*****g jokers.

  9. Bring back the firing squads.

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