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employees receive FBI director’s award for terrorism case

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert S. Mueller, III presented Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara D. Kocher, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Kellhofer, and Litigation Support Specialist Jacqueline M. Nobling with the 21st Director’s Annual Awards for Excellence in Outstanding Counterterrorism Investigation.  The ceremony was held at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on September 6, 2012.

“This award encapsulates the idea that shared missions, attitudes, and dedication by prosecutors and investigative teams are harbingers of success, and most certainly worthy of recognition,”  says USA Walker.  “We recognize the contributions of all team members involved in bringing this particular case.”

Kocher, Kellhofer, and Nobling, along with 12 of as many as 100 federal and local law enforcement agents, analysts, and attorneys who assisted in the investigation of the case, received this prestigious award for their demonstrated extraordinary ingenuity, initiative, and competence in overcoming serious obstacles with the investigation and successful prosecution of the homegrown violent extremist group led by Daniel Patrick Boyd and known as the Triangle Terror Group.

The larger team conducted, supported, indicted, and prosecuted, the four-year long investigation into a Homegrown Violent Extremist group who was heavily armed, organized, and making plans to wage jihad overseas and here in the United States.  The Triangle Terror Group was comprised of Daniel Patrick Boyd, Zakaryia Boyd, Dylan Boyd, Hysen Sherifi, Ziyad Yaghi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Anes Subasic, and Jude Kenan Mohammad.  The investigation culminated with the indictment of eight co-conspirators in July 2009, seven of whom were convicted on federal terrorism charges and are currently serving prison sentences. 



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