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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina courtroom is the scene of a murder-for-hire trial for a man already sentenced to spend decades in prison for being part of a homegrown terrorist plot to attack a U.S. Marine Corps base and targets overseas.

The trial against 28-year-old Hysen Sherifi (sheh-REE-fee) is set to begin Monday in Raleigh.

Authorities say Sherifi asked another inmate to help him hire a hit man and then recruited his brother and a 47-year-old former special education teacher to behead government witnesses who testified against him in his terror trial.

Sherifi was sentenced last year to 45 years in prison for plotting to attack the Marine base in Quantico, Va. He was one of six Raleigh Muslims convicted last year of being part of a homegrown terrorist plot.

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