NC judge nixes bond in federal terrorism trial

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Posted: Apr 02, 2012 4:12 PM
NC judge nixes bond in federal terrorism trial

A federal judge in North Carolina says an immigrant from Kosovo will stay behind bars until his trial on charges he tried to hire a hit man to behead witnesses in a terrorism trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Earl Britt decided Monday that 21-year-old Shkumbin Sherifi won't be released on bond before his trial in November. The FBI says he plotted to kill the witnesses in his older brother's trial.

Hysen Sherifi was sentenced to 45 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., and targets overseas.

Court records say an FBI informant collected $5,000 and delivered faked photos seeming to show a beheaded corpse as confirmation.

Prosecutors feared Shkumbin Sherifi would flee to Kosovo, which doesn't have an extradition treaty with the U.S.