Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty in North Carolina Militant Case

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department says a 24-year-old man from North Carolina has admitted to plotting to support overseas militants.

Dylan Boyd, also known as “Mohammed,” pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to “aiding and abetting a conspiracy to provide support to terrorists.”

Boyd is one of eight men who prosecutors believe were part of a North Carolina Islamic militant group until July 2009, when they were arrested and charged with multiple accounts of planning to assist militants in foreign countries.

Officials say Boyd attempted to provide funding, training, transportation, and other assistance to terrorists in an effort to wage “violent jihad,” including attempts to murder, kidnap, and injure persons abroad.

Boyd's sentencing is set for December.

His father, Daniel Patrick Boyd, pleaded guilty in February to similar charges. Officials say the elder Boyd, a Muslim convert, traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan from 1989-1992 to receive military-style training before planning an attack against a U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia.

Dylan Boyd's brother, Zakaria Boyd, also pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiring to provide support to terrorists.

Trial for the remaining co-defendants is scheduled for September.