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March 5, 2011 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com
A Colorado woman charged in the "Jihad Jane" terrorism case has had a change of heart. A notice filed in federal court Friday said that Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, of Leadville, about 100 miles west of Denver, now intends to plead guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiring to provide material aid to terrorists. She had been expected to stand trial on May 2. Jeremy Ibrahim, Paulin-Ramirez's attorney, confirmed that she would plead guilty, but he declined further comment. Paulin-Ramirez surrendered to authorities here in April after returning from Ireland and has since been in federal custody.
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March 9, 2011 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
A woman indicted last year as an accomplice in the "Jihad Jane" case pleaded guilty to conspiracy to aid terrorists yesterday in federal district court. U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker did not set sentencing for Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, who appeared in court wearing a black hijab, a head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women. The government's plea memo said Paulin-Ramirez and co-defendant Colleen LaRose, a/k/a "Jihad Jane" and "Fatima LaRose," began communicating via e-mail in August 2009 after LaRose had moved to Europe and invited Paulin-Ramirez to join her and attend a jihadist training camp.
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May 4, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
A Pakistani-born, Maryland honors student, who had hoped to attend Johns Hopkins University, instead pleaded guilty Friday morning in federal district court to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, was living with his family in Ellicott City, outside Baltimore, when FBI agents arrested him last July and has been in federal custody ever since. Khalid, appearing thin, was wearing a prison jumpsuit. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine when sentenced.
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October 21, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A HIGH-SCHOOL honors student from Maryland helped the American terror suspect dubbed "Jihad Jane" plot to kill a Swedish artist and used the Internet to raise money and recruits for overseas terrorists, federal prosecutors charged in an indictment yesterday. Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a legal immigrant from Pakistan, had been the rare juvenile in federal custody until he turned 18 last month. The FBI arrested him July 6 at his family's home in Ellicott City, near Baltimore. According to the indictment, Khalid tried to recruit men to wage jihad, or a violent holy war, in Europe and South Asia, and women who had passports to travel through Europe.
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October 16, 2012
A Montgomery County woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and admitted she plotted to kill a Swedish artist who offended a number of Muslims faces a life sentence in December, prosecutors said Monday. Colleen LaRose, 48, of Pennsburg, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder a foreign target and support terrorists and lying to the FBI. The murder plot was not carried out. Prosecutors said LaRose's sentencing would be Dec. 19 in Philadelphia. - AP
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February 2, 2011 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
Jihad Jane, the online moniker of Colleen R. LaRose, walked into a federal courtroom yesterday, with bleached blonde hair, orange sneakers and a hunter-green prison jumpsuit. She admitted that she had conspired to support terrorists, planned to kill in a foreign nation, lied to the FBI and tried to steal her ex-boyfriend's identity. LaRose's admission came in a 20-minute hearing before U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker. A sentencing date was continued pending a pre-sentence investigation report.
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January 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A troubled Montgomery County woman whose outspoken advocacy of violent jihad led to her involvement in a plot to kill a Swedish artist was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison - far less than the decades behind bars sought by Justice Department officials. Colleen LaRose, better known by her online moniker "Jihad Jane," told a federal judge that for years, she was obsessed with Islamic extremism, but that her religious views had mellowed since her arrest more than four years ago. "That's all I would think about, was jihad and jihad and jihad.
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January 29, 2011 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
The woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and who federal prosecutors say is a would-be terrorist has had a change of heart. Her attorney confirmed yesterday that the woman, Colleen R. LaRose, plans to enter a guilty plea in federal district court here on Tuesday. Defense attorney Mark Wilson said LaRose, 47, formerly of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, will plead guilty to all four charges against her. The charges include conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, lying to the FBI, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country (for allegedly plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the prophet Mohammed as a dog)
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May 23, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Algerian-born terror suspect accused of recruiting Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose of Montgomery County into a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish artist won a two-year legal battle Thursday in Ireland to avoid extradition to the United States. A federal grand jury in Philadelphia charged Ali Charaf Damache in 2011 with one count each of terrorism conspiracy and attempted identity theft. The indictment is part of a case that has already sent LaRose and two others to prison. In the Dublin High Court decision Thursday, Justice Aileen Donnelly cited concerns over prison conditions in the United States and found that Irish state prosecutors had ignored their responsibility to attempt to try Damache first on terror charges in Ireland, where he holds citizenship.
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April 19, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Had all gone according to his parents' plans, Mohammad Hassan Khalid would likely be preparing to graduate soon from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in creative writing and computer science. Now, instead of a cap and gown, the 20-year-old son of Pakistani immigrants has a drab prison jumpsuit in his future. His chief distinction in the last four years? Becoming the youngest person ever convicted on U.S. terrorism charges. Khalid was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison for his support of an international terrorist cell that counted among its members Colleen LaRose, the Montgomery County woman known worldwide as "JihadJane.
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April 18, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
GANGLY, with glasses, Mohammad Hassan Khalid sat at the defense table yesterday in his forest-green prison jumpsuit, at times shaking and crying. He was the youngest person ever charged in the United States with providing material support to terrorists. The feds indicted Khalid, a co-defendant of Montgomery County's "Jihad Jane," when he was 17. After a sentencing hearing in which the defense passionately portrayed one view of Khalid's role and the prosecution vigorously depicted another, U.S. District Chief Judge Petrese Tucker sentenced Khalid, now 20, to five years in prison.
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March 5, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
Update: This sentencing hearing has been rescheduled to April 17. It was originally reported as tomorrow. AT 17, Mohammad Hassan Khalid was the youngest person ever charged in the United States with providing material support to terrorists. Khalid, a co-defendant of Montgomery County's "Jihad Jane," pleaded guilty to the charge in April 2012. April 17, Khalid, now 20, a former high-school honor student who had received a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, will be sentenced in federal court in Philadelphia.
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January 10, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A Colorado woman who took her 6-year-old son to train for holy war with a purported al-Qaeda operative in Ireland was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison. Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 35, told a federal judge in Philadelphia that she knew a week after marrying Ali Charaf Damache that she had made a horrible mistake. She only hopes that her child can forget the hate-filled teachings to which she exposed him, she said. But in urging a decadelong sentence, prosecutors showed an alarming video of Ramirez's boy - draped in a traditional Middle Eastern headdress and long robes - cheerfully vowing, at his mother's prompting, to shoot nonbelievers.
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January 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A troubled Montgomery County woman whose outspoken advocacy of violent jihad led to her involvement in a plot to kill a Swedish artist was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison - far less than the decades behind bars sought by Justice Department officials. Colleen LaRose, better known by her online moniker "Jihad Jane," told a federal judge that for years, she was obsessed with Islamic extremism, but that her religious views had mellowed since her arrest more than four years ago. "That's all I would think about, was jihad and jihad and jihad.
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January 8, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN A BLACK headscarf, short-sleeved green prison jumpsuit and white sneakers, Colleen LaRose, at 4-foot-9 and slightly pudgy, looked more like an elderly nun than a terrorist. The Montgomery County woman known as "Jihad Jane" gave a toothy smile to a few acquaintances in the courtroom at her sentencing hearing yesterday. According to assistant federal defender Mark Wilson, LaRose suffered a life of abuse that led her to travel to Europe after finding validity with Muslim extremists.
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January 4, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite her "very significant" cooperation in terrorism investigations in the United States and abroad, a Montgomery County woman arrested in 2009 for working with terrorists under the moniker "JihadJane" remains a danger and should spend several decades behind bars, federal prosecutors say. In documents filed before a sentencing hearing scheduled for Monday, government lawyers described Colleen LaRose, 50, as an "aggressive, hardworking" force in...
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December 19, 2012
A Montgomery County woman and two others are to be sentenced in May for their roles in a foiled terror plot based in Ireland. Colleen LaRose, 48, of Pennsburg, who called herself "JihadJane" online, faces a life sentence for planning to kill a Swedish cartoonist. She has been in custody since surrendering to the FBI in 2009. Her sentencing - initially set for Wednesday - is now scheduled for May 7. Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Colorado and Mohammad Hassan Khalid of Maryland are due in court May 9. Each faces up to 15 years in prison for conspiring to provide material aid to terrorists.
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October 16, 2012
A Montgomery County woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and admitted she plotted to kill a Swedish artist who offended a number of Muslims faces a life sentence in December, prosecutors said Monday. Colleen LaRose, 48, of Pennsburg, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder a foreign target and support terrorists and lying to the FBI. The murder plot was not carried out. Prosecutors said LaRose's sentencing would be Dec. 19 in Philadelphia. - AP
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