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Sentencing set for 2 who admitted plotting to behead witnesses from homegrown terrorism trial

Two defendants who pleaded guilty to plotting to hire a hit man to behead federal informants from a domestic terrorism trial are set to be sentenced.

Shkumbin Sherifi and Nevine Aly Elshiekh are scheduled to appear before a judge in U.S. District Court in Raleigh, N.C., at 2 p.m. Friday.

Sherifi and Elshiekh, a former special education teacher, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder for hire. Prosecutors offered them plea deals, agreeing to drop eight other counts in exchange for testimony against Sherifi's older brother, Hysen Sherifi.

The elder Sherifi was one of six Raleigh Muslims convicted last year of being part of a homegrown terrorist plot to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., and targets overseas. He faces life in prison.

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