RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina man spending 45 years in prison for a homegrown terrorist plot read Koranic verses to jurors and scolded the federal judge and prosecutors at his trial on charges he plotted to have government witnesses beheaded.

The case against 28-year-old Hysen Sherifi (sheh-REE'-fee) began Monday in Raleigh with the defendant acting as his own attorney.

Sherifi was one of six Raleigh-area Muslims convicted last year for plotting to attack the Marine base in Quantico, Va., and overseas targets.

A prosecutor said in opening arguments Sherifi tried to hire a hit man to behead government witnesses who testified against him in his terror trial. His brother and a 47-year-old former special education teacher pleaded guilty last week.

Sherifi read religious verses to jurors and lectured on their meaning.

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