The Bosnian refugee was convicted of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad. He faces up to 15 years in prison for the providing material support charge and up to life in prison for the conspiracy charge, according to a Department of Justice news release. A separate trial in September also found him guilty of unlawful procurement of citizenship.
Federal agents said Subasic was helping Boyd plan to have his sons travel to Israel and Pakistan to begin a suicide mission, among other efforts to aid terrorism. Eight defendants were indicted on July 22, 2009.
Boyd pled guilty in February 2011 and is awaiting sentencing; allegedly the mastermind behind the group’s plans, Boyd was also accused by community leaders of manipulating young people, promoting jihad as an obligation to them.
Boyd’s sons, Zakariya Boyd and Dylan Patrick Boyd also entered plea agreements with prosecutors in June and September of 2011, respectively. Zakariya Boyd received a sentence of nine years; Dylan Boyd got eight.
A federal jury also convicted Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Hysen Sherifi, and Ziyad Yagni on Oct. 13, 2011 after a 17-day trial. The trio – in their mid-to-young 20s like Boyd’s sons – faced stronger sentences after trial. Sherifi received a 45-year sentence for the same terror charges faced by Subasic as well as two counts of firearm possession in furtherance of a crime of violence and conspiring to kill a federal officer or employee. Hassan received 15 years and Yaghi nearly 32 years for providing material support and conspiracy to kill abroad.
Another man charged in the plot, Jude Kenan Mohammad, eluded arrest. Authorities believe he made it to Pakistan. Bajram Asllani was arrested in Kosovo in connection to the case, but the U.S. and Kosovo have no extradition treaty.
The case was investigated by the FBI Raleigh Durham Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes several federal and local law enforcement agencies.