US Citizen 'Jihad Jane' Pleads Guilty in Alleged Plot to Kill Swede Over Cartoon of Prophet Muhammad

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An American woman who has called herself Jihad Jane has now pleaded guilty in federal court in Philadelphia concerning her role in an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist.

In a bizarre scenario that largely took place on the Internet, prosecutors say Colleen LaRose, 47, conspired with jihadist fighters, recruited and raised funds and even agreed to commit murder to promote a Muslim holy war. She allegedly promised to marry one online contact from abroad, who is then accused of telling her in an e-mail to find Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. He had offended Muslims by showing the Prophet Muhammad on a dog’s body, recounts the Associated Press. Its article relies in part on information from a federal indictment.

She could get as much as a life prison term when she is sentenced in March, reports Reuters.

The articles don’t include any comment from LaRose or her counsel.

Another American woman, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Colorado, has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Philadelphia in a similar case concerning Vilks.

Additional coverage:

The Guardian: “‘Jihad Jane’ pleads guilty to murder attempt on Swedish cartoonist”

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