RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have rested their case against a North Carolina man accused of plotting to have government witnesses at his trial on terror charges beheaded.

WRAL-TV reported ( that 28-year-old Hysen Sherifi chose not to present any evidence after prosecutors rested their case Wednesday. Sherifi is representing himself.

Sherifi is serving 45 years in prison after he was convicted last year in a terror plot that aimed to kill U.S. troops.

On Wednesday, an FBI agent played audio that the agent said was of Sherifi insisting that the targets be beheaded, not just shot. Also testifying was Sherifi's brother, Shkumbin Sherifi. He and a friend pleaded guilty last week to federal charges in the case.

Hysen Sherifi has said that he was arrested because of his Muslim faith.

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