Monday, January 6, 2014

"Jihad Jane" Is Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison; Planned to Kill Cartoonist for Offending Muslims

A federal judge today (January 6, 2014) sentenced a Pennsylvania woman -- who called herself "Jihad Jane" -- to 10 years in prison for her part in a plan to murder a Swedish cartoonist whose images of Prophet Muhammed offended Muslims, the NY Times website reports.

Colleen LaRose -- who used "Jihad Jane" as an online alias -- pleaded guilty to four charges, including conspiring to aid terrorists and to kill a person in a foreign country, after she plotted with jihadists she met on the Internet to kill the cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who depicted the Islamic prophet atop the body of a dog.

LaRose, 50, of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia), went to Europe in 2008 with the intention of killing Vilks, but failed to meet up with the people who had encouraged the mission. She returned to the United States and was arrested after the plan was discovered.

Judge Petrese Tucker of United States District Court said today that she was satisfied that LaRose would have carried out the killing if she had made the right contacts. "The court has no doubt that, given the opportunity, Ms. LaRose would have completed the mission," the judge said at the end of the hearing, which lasted about 80 minutes.

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