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‘Jihad Jamie’ gets eight years in Jihad Jane case

Colleen LaRose (C) and her attorney Mark Wilson (R) are shown in this courtroom sketch during her sentencing hearing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Art Lien)

A Colorado woman who converted to Islam and went to Ireland to join a man she believed was training for terrorist operations was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday.

Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 35, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Philadelphia to providing material support to terrorists.

She was nicknamed “Jihad Jamie” by the media following her 2010 arrest because she had joined a group in Ireland that included another American-born, white-skinned, blond-haired woman, Colleen LaRose, who called herself “Jihad Jane.”

The two women were lured to Europe by Islamist extremists who hoped to use their appearance and U.S. passports to carry out violent attacks, prosecutors said.

LaRose was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for her role in an Al-Qaeda-linked plot to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims by portraying the head of the Prophet Mohammad on the body of a dog. Ramirez was not implicated in that plot but pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of providing material support to terrorists.

Prosecutors, who had sought at least a 20-year sentence for LaRose, asked for at least a 10-year sentence for Ramirez, alleging that she allowed the alleged Irish ringleader, Ali Charaf Damache, to train her young son for violence.

They cited a video she recorded of the boy in Ireland wearing a robe and a scarf, and carrying toy gun. On the video, prosecutors said, she commands her son to “attack the kuffar,” or nonbelievers, and he fires the toy gun.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 09, 2014, on page 11.

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Summary

A Colorado woman who converted to Islam and went to Ireland to join a man she believed was training for terrorist operations was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday.

Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 35, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Philadelphia to providing material support to terrorists.

She was nicknamed "Jihad Jamie" by the media following her 2010 arrest because she had joined a group in Ireland that included another American-born, white-skinned, blond-haired woman, Colleen LaRose, who called herself "Jihad Jane".


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