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'Jihad Jane' faces long prison term for terror plot

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 6, 2014 at 8:26 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — A woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and helped suspected terrorists overseas faces decades in prison at her sentencing Monday in Philadelphia.

A federal judge must decide if 50-year-old Colleen LaRose of Pennsburg, Pa., presented a real threat to the U.S. or was easy prey for extremists seeking followers with U.S. passports.

LaRose admits she plotted to kill a Swedish artist over a cartoon that offended Muslims. The judge could sentence her to life in prison, although prosecutors are asking for decades.

LaRose, who called herself "Jihad Jane" in videos posted on YouTube, returned from Ireland in 2009 to surrender to the FBI.

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Colorado and Maryland teenage Mohammad Hassan Khalid also await sentencing.

Khalid, arrested before he turned 18, is the rare juvenile held in federal custody.

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