Brothers in alleged NC terror ring face sentencing

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Posted: Dec 20, 2011 5:36 AM
Updated: Dec 20, 2011 5:36 AM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - Two brothers who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to support terrorists will learn their sentences Tuesday in North Carolina for their roles in a home-grown terror cell federal prosecutors say plotted attacks under their father's leadership.

Twenty-five-year-old Dylan Boyd and 22-year-old Zakariya Boyd could be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan to a maximum of 15 years in prison, but both cooperated with prosecutors and expect lesser sentences.

According to prosecutors, the brothers were part of a group of eight men who raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained for jihadist attacks against American military targets and others they considered enemies of Islam.

All of the accused were either American-born or naturalized U.S. citizens, or legal permanent residents.

Defense attorneys blame the brothers' involvement on their overbearing father Daniel Boyd.

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