Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E) – A Pennsylvania woman dubbed “Jihad Jane” for conspiring to support terrorists and kill in a foreign country was sentenced to 10 years on Monday, according to the FBI.
Colleen R. LaRose, 50, formerly of Montgomery County was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker after she pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges on Feb. 1, 2011.
The sentence will help protect the community from any future threat posed by the defendant, said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane David Memeger.
La-Rose’s accomplice, Jamie Paulin Ramirez, formerly a resident of Colorado, will be sentenced on Wednesday.
LaRose was indicted in March 2010 while Ramirez was charged the following month. Based on the indictment documents, the two women recruited men on the Internet to perform jihad war in South Asia and Europe. They also recruited women who will support violent jihad.
LaRose was also found planning to solicit funds for terrorists and collect passports for use in the jihad plot. She stole one U.S. passport and transferred it to another individual for the purpose of facilitating terrorism abroad.
Further, LaRose attempted to murder a Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and traveling to Sweden to fulfill the task. Vilks was targeted for mocking the prophet Mohammed in a caricature.