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DOMESTIC TERRORISM CASE: Hysen Sherifi

Name

SHERIFI, Hysen

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Employee Type

Civilian

Terrorist Organization Affiliated With

Traveled to Kosovo in July 2008 to engage in violent jihad.

Planned an attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., with Daniel Boyd in June and July 2009, according to a federal indictment.

Codename

Unknown

Dates of Involvement with Terrorism

No later than 09 November 2006 - at least July 2009.

Co-conspirators

BOYD, Daniel Patrick (ringleader)
BOYD, Dylan
BOYD, Zakariya
HASSAN, Mohammad Omar Aly
SUBASIC, Anes
YAGHI, Ziyad
ASLLANI,Bajram (at large)
MOHAMMAD,Jude Kenan (at large)

Target(s) and Location

Kosovo, the conspirators also tried to do jihad in Israel and Jordan without much success.

Daniel Patrick BOYD also planned with SHERIFI on a possible conspiracy to attack the Marine Corps base at Quantico, VA.

Planned Operation

SHERIFI told a confidential human source that the brothers, including ASLLANI were planning on taking over Kosovo and conducting jihad. They were trying to find a place where they could keep weapons and ammunition. They also conspired to provide material support and resources that were to be used in the preparation for committing terrorist acts in a foreign country. The ultimate object of the conspiracy was to advance violent jihad against infidels. Some also wanted to die as suicide bombers.

Methodology

Daniel BOYD brought guns and ammunition in support of their conspiracy to find a country to do jihad. Solicited money to support violent jihad and their overseas travel.

Timeline

11 March 2006: Daniel Patrick BOYD traveled to Gaza and attempted to enter Palestine in order to introduce his son to individuals who also believed that violent jihad was a personal obligation for good Muslims.

07 October 2006: Ziyad YAGHI departed the U.S. for Jordan, to engage in violent jihad.

21 February 2007: Daniel BOYD, purchased airline tickets to Israel from the United States for himself and defendant Zakariya BOYD.

13 March 2007: Daniel BOYD purchased a Ruger mini 14 long gun.

29 March 29 2007: Daniel BOYD purchased airline tickets to Israel from the United States for defendant Dylan BOYD.

03 April 2007: Tickets were purchased for defendants Ziyad YAGHI and Mohammad Omar Aly HASSAN to travel from the United States to Israel.

12 June 2007: Defendants Daniel BOYD and Zakariya BOYD departed the U.S. for Tel Aviv, Israel.

13 June 2007: YAGHI and HASSAN departed Raleigh for Tel Aviv, Israel.

16 June 2007: Having failed in their attempt to engage in violent jihad. YAGHI returned to the United States.

21 June 2007: HASSAN returned to the United States.

18 July 2007: Daniel BOYD, Dylan BOYD, and Zakariya BOYD returned to the United States having failed in their attempt to engage in violent jihad. Upon his arrival in the United States, Daniel BOYD lied to agents of Customs and Border Protection during an interview at the Atlanta airport by denying that he had intended to meet up in Israel with defendants YAGHI and HASSAN.

02 August 2007: Daniel BOYD lied to agents of the FBI in Raleigh, North Carolina, by denying that he had intended to meet up in Israel with defendants YAGHI and HASSAN.

28 February 2008: Daniel BOYD solicited money to fund the travel of individuals overseas to engage in violent jihad.

18 April 2008: Daniel BOYD and Anes SUBASIC engaged in a coded conversation in which they discussed preparing to send two individuals overseas to engage in violent jihad.

28 April 2008: Daniel BOYD sent Hysen SHERIFI an e-mail which attached literature extolling the virtues of dying shahid.

07 June 2008: Daniel BOYD accepted five hundred dollars ($500) in cash from defendant Hysen SHERIFI to be used to help fund violent jihad overseas.

17 June 2008: Daniel BOYD showed SHERIFI how to use and operate a Kalashnikov (AK-47) in BOYD's living room.

30 July 2008: SHERIFI departed from Raleigh, North Carolina, to travel to Pristina, Kosovo, to engage in violent jihad.

30 July 2008: Bajram ASLLANI entered into what was an ongoing conspiracy.

07 October 2008: Jude MOHAMMAD departed the United States to travel to Pakistan to engage in violent jihad.

03 November 2008: Daniel BOYD, purchased a Mossburg 100 ATR .270 rifle and a Llama Comanche III .357 revolver.

06 November 2008: Daniel BOYD purchased a Century Arms AK Sporter 7.62 X 39 rifle.

11 November 2008: Daniel BOYD purchased a Ruger mini 30 7.62 X 39 rifle.

26 November 2008: SHERIFI stated "everything is going as planned," and that he had "good news," "Allah has opened a way for me." The recipient of the statement believed this to be a reference to engaging in violent jihad.

11 February 2009: Daniel BOYD purchased an Ishmash SAGA .308 rifle.

02 March 2009: Daniel BOYD purchased a Century Arms Polish Tantal 5.45X39 rifle.

31 March 2009: Daniel BOYD purchased a Century Arms C91 rifle .308.

03 April 2009: Daniel BOYD purchased a Century Arms M70B1 7. 62X34 rifle, a Ruger mini 14 5.56 rifle, and a Smith & Wesson MP15 .223 rifle.

05 April 2009: SHERIFI returned to the United States for the purpose of soliciting funds and personnel to support the Mujahideen.

In 2009: Daniel BOYD stopped attending services at the masjids (Muslim houses of worship) in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area due to ideological differences. Instead, BOYD and others, known and unknown, met for Friday prayer at the BOYD home.

10 June 2009: Daniel BOYD, SHERIFI, and Zakariya BOYD practiced military tactics and the use of weapons on private property in Caswell County, North Carolina.

07 July 2009: Daniel BOYD, SHERIFI, and Zakariya BOYD practiced military tactics and the use of weapons on private property in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Investigation

In 2006 a confidential human source was asked by Daniel BOYD if he had ever read a primer concerning the obligation of every Muslim to engage in violent jihad. In the following months, authorities continued to investigate the eight conspirators in their pursuit to fulfill their perceived obligation.

Possible Motivations

 

Finances

Upon his arrest, agents seized $15,000 in cash.

Arrest Date/Location

27 July 2009: Arrested near Raleigh, North Carolina.

Charges

SHERIFI was charged with the following counts:

Title 18, U.S.C. Section 2339A: Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorists.

Title 18, U.S.C. Section 956 (a): Conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons.

Two Counts: Title 18, U.S.C. Section (c): Possession of firearm in furtherance of crime of violence.

Title 18, U.S.C. Section 1117: Conspiracy to kill a federal officer or employee.

Court

Eastern District of North Carolina

Presiding Judge: Judge William Webb

Lawyers

Prosecution: Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Bowler and Barbara D. Kocher of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and Trial Attorney Jason Kellhofer, of the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Department's National Security Division.

Defense: Robert McAfee (court-appointed).

Status

22 July 2009: Charged with seven other defendants in a federal indictment

29 July 2009: Arrested and the indictment is unsealed.

24 September 2009: A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment that add additional charges against BOYD and two other defendants.

October 2011: Pleaded guilty.

13 January 2012: Sentenced to 45 years in prison.

23 January 2012: SHERIFI, his brother Shkumbin Sherifi (21 years old), and Nevine Aly Elshiekh (a 46-year-old Raleigh school administator) are charged with plotting to kill three witnesses.  They attempted to commission a murder for hire.  An FBI informant posing as a hitman accepted $5,000 to kill the first witness at a meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina.

27 January 2012: SHERIFI is expected to be arriagned on conspiring to kill witnesses who testified against him.

03 Feburary 2012: Nevine Aly Elshiekh is due to appear in court.

22 February 2012: SHERIFI, his borther Shkumbin Sherifi, and Nevine Aly Elshikh are indicted in a nine count indictmnet on charges of plotting to kill witnesses.

08 March 2012: Elshiekh is released on house arrest pending the start ofher trial.  She is facing up to life in prison, if she is convicted. Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt ordered her release at $1 million bond after finding that she was not a threat to the public nor a flight risk.

02 April 2012: Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt denies bail for Shkumbin Sheifi.  He will be imrprisoned until the start of his November 2012 trial.

05 November 2012: SHERIFI's trial is set to begin on charges of a murder-for-hire conspiracy.

08 November 2012: SHERIFI is found guilty of nine counts involving conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire.  Sentencing is scheduled for 04 February 2013.

Date/Place of Birth

24 August 1984 (24 at time of arrest)/ Kosovo.

Citizenship

U.S. Permanent Resident. (Moved to U.S. in 1999 because of civil war in Kosovo).

Residences

Lived in Raleigh with his family.

Education

Graduated from Sanderson High School in 2003.

Wake Tech student until 2007.

Family

Family Background

While in Kosovo for seven months in July 2008, he got married. His wife is still in Kosovo. His wife was five months pregnant at the time of his arrest.

Other Employment

Additional Bio

Had brought a ticket to return to Kosovo on 30 July 2009, but he was arrested before he could leave. He had planned to move back to Kosovo.

Documents

United States of America v. Daniel Patrick Boyd et al Indictment, Eastern District of North Carolina, 22 July 2009.

United States of America v. Daniel Patrick Boyd et al Superseding Indictment, Eastern District of North Carolina, 24 July 2009.

Search Warrant for Daniel Patrick Boyd, Eastern District of North Carolina, 04 August 2009.

United States of America v. Daniel Patrick Boyd et al Exhibit 27, Eastern District of North Carolina.

United States of America v. Daniel Patrick Boyd et al Exhibit 28, Eastern District of North Carolina.

United States of America v. Daniel Patrick Boyd et al Exhibit 29, Eastern District of North Carolina.

United States of America v. Daniel Patrick Boyd et al Exhibit 30, Eastern District of North Carolina.

United States of America v. Daniel Patrick Boyd et al Exhibit 32, Eastern District of North Carolina.

United States of America v. Daniel Patrick Boyd et al Exhibit 33, Eastern District of North Carolina.

Hysen SHERIFI Search Warrant Eastern District Court of North Carolina 04 August 2009.

Quotes

"It's clear from the indictment that the overt acts in the conspiracy were escalating." — U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.

Case Links

Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina Department of Justice Press Release, 27 July 2009.

Superseding Indictment in Boyd Matter Charges Defendants with Conspiring to Murder U.S. Military Personnel, Weapons Violations FBI 24 September 2009.

Jury in North Carolina Finds Convicted Terrorist Guilty of Murder-for-Hire Plot FBI, November 2012

Books

Raleigh Jihad Group by Lambert M. Surhone (Editor), Mariam T. Tennoe (Editor),Susan F. Henssonow (Editor), October 2010.

News

Daniel Patrick Boyd charged with plotting attack on Quantico Marine base
Long War Journal
– 29 September 2009 – On Sept. 24, a superseding indictment was filed in the criminal case against Daniel Patrick Boyd and his codefendants…

Tarheel Jihadist: The two faces of Daniel Patrick Boyd
Weekly Standard – 31 August 2009 – The Shadow Lakes subdivision, about 30 minutes south of Raleigh, is seamlessly surrounded by the trees and tobacco fields of Johnston County. God and country are conspicuous here. American flags hang from porches. Nevertheless, at the time of his arrest as the ringleader of an alleged jihadist plot, this is where Daniel Patrick Boyd was living…

Daniel Boyd: A Homegrown Terrorist?
Time Magazine
– 30 July 2009 - To hear his neighbors tell it, Daniel Boyd is one of the most upstanding citizens of Willow Springs, North Carolina. "If he's a terrorist, he's the nicest terrorist I ever met in my life," one resident told reporters after Boyd, a 39-year-old drywall contractor, was arrested on July 27 — along with six others…

Boyd's co-defendants histories come to light
News Observer – 06 August 2009 - Court hearings Tuesday and Wednesday provided a glimpse into the government's case against purported ringleader Daniel Boyd and seven others also accused in the terrorist plot. Here's what's known about Boyd's co-defendants so far…

Seventh terrorism suspect denied bond
WRAL – 10 August 2009 – RALEIGH, N.C. —A federal magistrate on Monday denied bond for a Holly Springs man facing charges in an alleged international terrorism plot…

Third N.C. family member pleads guilty to supporting terrorists
Los Angeles Times – 15 September 2011 – A third member of a rural North Carolina family accused of plotting violent jihad overseas has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists…

FBI: Man convicted in homegrown terror plot in NC wanted witnesses against him beheaded
Washington Post
- 24 January 2012 - A North Carolina man sentenced to prison recently as part of a homegrown terrorist ring has been accused in a federal court document of plotting to kill witnesses who testified against him at trial....

North Carolina terror suspect plotted to kill witnesses: FBI
New York Daily News
– 25 January 2012 at 8:11 ET – A North Carolina man sentenced to prison recently as part of a homegrown terrorist ring has been accused in a federal court document of plotting to kill witnesses who testified against him at trial….

NC man charged in beheading plot to appear in court
ABC Local – 27 January 2012 at 7:34 ET – A Raleigh man accused of paying a hit man to behead three witnesses in a North Carolina terrorism case will make his first appearance in federal court….

Woman charged in N.C. beheading plot due in court
Hampton Roads – 03 February 2012 – A Raleigh school administrator accused of paying a hit man to behead three witnesses in a North Carolina terrorism case is due in federal court….

Beheading plot: 3 indicted
Charlotte Observer – 23 February 2012 – A federal grand jury has indicted three people from the Triangle Muslim community on charges of plotting to kill witnesses who testified against one of them in a North Carolina terrorism trial….

NC judge releases terrorism beheading plot suspect
Las Vegas Sun
– 09 March 2012 – A federal judge is allowing a North Carolina woman to be released on house arrest pending her trial on charges that she conspired to behead witnesses in a terror case….

NC judge weighs bond in terrorism beheading plot
NBC 17 – 02 April 2012 – A federal judge in North Carolina is hearing why an immigrant from war-torn Kosovo should be released on bond until his trial on charges he tried hiring a hit man to behead witnesses...

Judge nixes bond in terrorism trial
WAVY – 03 April 2012 at 6:43 EDT – A federal judge has denied bond for a North Carolina man charged with conspiring to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses from his brother's terrorism trial....

Trial against NC terrorist suspect is set to begin
ABC 11 – 05 November 2012 – A North Carolina courtroom is the scene of a murder-for-hire trial for a man already sentenced to spend decades in prison for being part of a homegrown terrorist plot to attack a U.S. Marine Corps base and targets overseas…

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