NC terrorism beheading plot suspect in court

By the Associated Press | March 8, 2012 | 9:45 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina special education teacher will be in court to face charges she was involved in a plot to behead witnesses who helped convict a homegrown terrorist.

A federal judge in Raleigh will hear evidence Thursday in the case of 46-year-old Nevine Aly Elshiekh. She could be sent to prison for life if convicted of trying to kill witnesses.

Elshiekh was charged after an FBI sting. Court records say an informant accepted a $5,000 payment and then provided faked photos appearing to show a beheaded corpse confirming he killed a witness.

The FBI says Elshiekh was acting on behalf of convicted terrorist Hysen Sherifi. The 27-year-old was sentenced in January to 45 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., and targets overseas.