Terrorist sentenced for plotting to kill witnesses at his trial

May 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., May 13 (UPI) -- A convicted terrorist was sentenced to life imprisonment Monday for plotting to kill witnesses in his terrorism trial, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Hysen Sherifi, 29, of Raleigh, N.C., was sentenced after he was found guilty in 2012 of plotting to kill six witnesses who testified against him in his 2011 terrorism trial.

Co-defendants Shkumbin Sherifi, 23, and Nevine Aly Elshiekh, 48, who each pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, and who testified at Sherifi's murder-for-hire trial, were sentenced Monday to 36 months and 42 months in prison, respectively, a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said.

While in prison, Sherifi plotted to kill three FBI agents and three government informants who testified in his terrorism trial, the department statement said.

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