Reporting from Durham, N.C. — A North Carolina man convicted on terrorism charges last fall has been indicted in a case accusing him of hiring a hit man to behead three witnesses who had testified against him.
Hysen Sherifi, 27, a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from Kosovo, was indicted Tuesday on nine counts of conspiring with his brother and a female friend to retaliate against the witnesses. Prosecutors have said Sherifi arranged for a $4,250 payment to a "hit man" who was actually an FBI informant.
Authorities said the alleged plot was hatched from prison by Sherifi, who is serving a 45-year sentence for taking part in a plot to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., and targets overseas.
Sherifi’s brother, Shkumbin Sherifi, 21, was given faked photographs by the informant. The images purportedly showed the bloodied corpse of one of the witnesses in a shallow grave, near what appeared to be a severed head, according to prosecutors.