Court in VA to hear appeal in NC terror case

RICHMOND, VIRGINA - A federal appeals court in Virginia is set to hear arguments in a case involving three members of a North Carolina terror ring.

The three men were convicted in 2011 of conspiring to attack the U.S. Marine Base in Quantico, Va., and foreign targets. They were given sentences ranging from 15 to 45 years in federal prison.

Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Hysen Sherifi and Ziyad Yaghi appealed their convictions and sentences to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday.

A jury in New Bern, N.C., convicted the men after a month-long trial. They were part of a group of eight men who allegedly raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against perceived enemies of Islam.

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