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Two plead guilty to murder-for-hire

November 1, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today SHKUMBIN SHERIFI, 22, and NEVINE ELSHEIKH, 47, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1958(a).

On January 20, 2012, a criminal complaint for conspiring to commit murder was issued by a United States Magistrate Judge, and the arrests of Sherifi and Elsheikh followed on January 22, 2012.  A federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned an indictment on February 21, 2012, charging Shkumbin Sherifi, Nevine Elsheikh, and, Shkumbin’s brother, Hysen Sherifi with conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and related charges.  Hysen Sherifi was previously convicted on terrorism charges in 2011 and sentenced to 45 years in January 2012.

According to the indictment, beginning in December 2011 through January 22, 2012, Shkumbin Sherifi and Nevine Elsheikh conspired with each other and Hysen Sherifi to commit murder-for-hire. The object of the murder-for-hire was to retaliate against witnesses who provided testimony in Hysen Sherifi’s 2011 trial and prevent their testimony in the later trial of co-defendant Anes Subusic. 

At sentencing, Sherifi and Elsheikh face a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Resident Agencies in Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina, with the assistance of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. 

he trial of co-defendant Hysen Sherifi begins on November 5, 2012.

The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys J. Frank Bradsher and Brian S. Meyers of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and Trial Attorney Matthew F. Blue of the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Department’s National Security Division.



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