'Jihad Jane' gets 10 years in terror plot
A Montgomery County woman involved in a deadly terror plot has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Colleen LaRose had faced a potential life term, but Judge Petrese Tucker accepted a government request to reduce the sentence because of her extensive cooperation with investigators.
Prosecutors still asked for decades in prison, fearing she remains dangerous.
LaRose, of Pennsburg, called herself "Jihad Jane" online and agreed to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims.
Both sides agreed that she was lonely and isolated and endured harsh abuse throughout her life, but they disagreed on how great a threat she was.
LaRose told the judge she became obsessed with jihad, saying she was "in a trance" and thought about it from morning to night.
According to court documents, LaRose and her co conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.
LaRose and her co conspirators used the Internet to establish relationships with one another and to communicate regarding their plans, which included martyring themselves, soliciting funds for terrorists, soliciting passports and avoiding travel restrictions (through the collection of passports and through marriage) in order to wage violent jihad.
LaRose also stole another person's U.S. passport and transferred it in an effort to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
She has already spent four years behind bars.
She pleaded guilty on Feb. 1, 2011, to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements and attempted identity theft.
In addition to the prison term, LaRose was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, $400 special assessment and must complete five years of supervised release.
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