'Jihad Jane' sentenced to 10 years in prison

By Kyle Johnson,

Colleen LaRose, who went by the online codename "Jihad Jane," has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being involved in a terror plot that failed back in 2009.

LaRose was involved in an al-Qaida plot to have Swedish artist Lars Vilks killed several years ago, reports The Guardian. She was arrested shortly after returning from Sweden where she had been investigating the artist, due to the fact that the NSA had warned the FBI of her online activities.

According to The Associated Press, LaRose was sentenced to 10 years and five years of supervised release. As she has already served four years in prison, there is the chance she could be released after another four.

The 50-year-old Pennsylvanian woman admitted that she was "in a trance" and thought about jihad all day long. She had joined a terror cell, which prosecutors say because she was lonely, after being contacted by Ali Charaf Damache. Damache, who lived in Ireland, was looking for women online to recruit to their terror cause.

LaRose eventually left the terror cell owing to the fact that she had grown "frustrated because her co-conspirators were not ready for action."

Though her public defender, Mark Wilson, claims that she has since seen the error of her ways and would never "be involved in violent jihad again," the judge in the case believed that at the time there was little doubt she would have killed Vilks had an opportunity arisen.

Vilks had a $100,000 reward placed upon his head after he had drawn the prophet Muhammed with the body of the dog. He was never harmed.



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