The woman who called herself ‘Jihad Jane’ on MySpace, YouTube, and other Internet forums will face life in prison when she’s sentenced in December for planning to kill a Swedish artist and assist terrorists, according to The Associated Press.
Colleen LaRose, as she’s legally known, became radicalized around 2007, referring to herself then as “Fatima LaRose.” Around the same time, LaRose—who originally hails from Pennsylvania-- began posting videos and messages across the Internet professing her desire to partake in jihad against specified Western targets.
One of those targets was Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who caused a stir in 2009 by creating a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog. According to her indictment, LaRose’s singular goal was to incite and frighten non-Muslims.
"I will make this my goal till I achieve it or die trying,” the indictment quotes her saying online.
That seam year, LaRose coordinated campaigns to support terrorists. She then moved to Europe to liaise with and support extremists she’d met online. The whole time, however, her goal was to target and kill Vilks.
After returning from Europe later in 2009, she was apprehended by U.S. authorities who placed her under arrest. Her indictment was sealed so European law enforcement could round up seven other suspects accused of coordinating to murder Lars Vilks.
In 2011, LaRose pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to murder in a foreign country, lying to investigators about international terrorism, and attempted identity theft. She’ll face life in prison when she’s sentenced in December.
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