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RALEIGH, N.C. — A judge gave four life sentences Friday to a man already facing decades in federal prison for his role in a North Carolina terror plot.
Hysen Sherifi lectured federal Judge Earl Britt about Islamic teachings and warned the judge he faced damnation at his sentencing hearing.
Prosecutors say Sherifi conspired with his brother and a female friend to kill witnesses who testified against him about a plot with five other men in the Raleigh – Johnston County area to attack the U.S. Marine base at Quantico and targets overseas. In 2012, he was sentenced to 45 years in prison in the original case.
After Sherifi was convicted, prosecutors say he convinced his brother Shkumbin and former special education teacher Nevine Aly Elshiekh to help behead three confidential informants from his trial. He also wanted a fourth man killed who he said had defrauded his family out of more than $30,000.
The FBI learned of the plot through a jail informant and staged a fake hit on one of the witnesses. They even created bogus photos of the beheaded man to show to Hysen in his jail cell.
At sentencing Friday, Judge Britt said Hysen destroyed the lives of his brother and Elshiekh.
They were also sentenced Friday after pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder for hire at Hysen’s urging. Shkumbin Sherifi was given 36 months in prison and 36 months probation. Nevine Aly Elshiekh was sentenced to 42 months in prison and 36 months probation.
Prosecutors offered Elshiekh and Shkumbin plea deals, agreeing to drop eight other counts in exchange for testimony against Hysen.
Before Hysen Sherifi was sentenced, he lectured the judge about Islamic teachings.
“The Koran is the truth that invalidates all other religions,” said Sherifi, who declined a court-appointed lawyer and represented himself at trial. “If you do not submit, he will severely judge you, and on the day of judgment you will enter hellfire.”
“That it?” asked Britt, who has served more than three decades on the federal bench. The judge then tacked the four life sentences onto the end of Sherifi’s earlier 45-year prison term, along with another 50 years on top of that.
“There can be no doubt Mr. Sherifi, the defendant in this case, meets the definition of a terrorist,” Britt said. “He was the genesis of this conspiracy. He was the mastermind, though I’m hesitant to use that term because it affords him more credit than he is due.”
Noting that the defendant was unsuccessful in killing anyone, Britt said Sherifi’s worst transgression was destroying the lives of his little brother Shkumbin and Elshiekh, with whom he had carried on a romantic dalliance from behind bars.
Elshiekh, a U.S. citizen whose parents emigrated from Egypt, was a respected teacher of special-needs children who was also active as a youth leader at her Raleigh mosque.
According to court testimony, she had just undergone a painful divorce from a cheating husband when she began attending Sherifi’s 2011 terrorism trial. She later began visiting him regularly in jail.
Dr. Emily Keram, a forensic psychiatrist hired by the defense, testified that Elshiekh was molested as a child by an uncle in Egypt and then trapped in an arranged marriage to a “con man” who later abandoned her to marry another woman.
Welcome to Islam. And welcome to the new North Carolina where a motto change is in order. First in Jihad perhaps?
At least eight other Muslims have recently been convicted in jihad plots across North Carolina – click the state link below to read the details. Here’s a few of the friendly faces.
Keep in mind that the family spokesperson for the leader of one of the N.C. jihad cells, Khalilah Sabra, works for MAS and was recruited by Osama bin Laden’s mentor. She also praised bin Laden and worked for a N.C. Democrat who later, and simultaneously, became Hamas-linked CAIR’s chairman. Read Spokeswoman for NC jihadist has her own radical past.
And just last week it was reported in North Carolina that a Muslim pleads guilty, wanted to rob & kill Americans to fund jihad.
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