A woman tied to the “Jihad Jane” terror plot changed her plea to guilty on charges she conspired to support and train terrorists.
Jamie Paulin Ramirez, a former Colorado resident, entered her change of plea today in federal court in Philadelphia. She pleaded not guilty in April to helping Colleen LaRose, also known as Jihad Jane, plan to support terrorists.
Ramirez, 32, wore a traditional head scarf known as a khimar or hijab, which Muslims believe is mandated by Allah to show women’s modesty, during the hearing today in Philadelphia. She answered yes to a series of questions posed by U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker including whether she was guilty.
“She’s a deeply spiritual woman who is a Muslim,” Ramirez’s defense attorney Jeremy Ibrahim said after the hearing.
Ramirez, who has been in custody since her arrest in April, allegedly conspired with LaRose and others to obtain military- style training in South Asia and then traveled to Europe to participate in a violent jihad, prosecutors said today in court documents filed with Ramirez’s change of plea.
LaRose and Ramirez exchanged e-mail messages in August 2009 when Ramirez accepted an invitation to a training camp in Europe. Ramirez then traveled to Ireland on Sept. 12, 2009, with her 6-year-old son and married an unidentified co-conspirator in a religious ceremony the next day, prosecutors said.
LaRose Guilty Plea
Ramirez’s change of plea comes a month after LaRose, of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to charges she plotted to recruit terrorists and murder a Swedish cartoonist. LaRose, who was arrested in October 2009, worked with others to recruit men and women on the Internet, prosecutors said. She used online user names to publish jihadist literature and videos and raise money for terrorists, according to court documents.
LaRose was tied to a group plotting to murder Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad with a dog’s body in 2007.
Ramirez faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. She was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. A sentencing date hasn’t been set for either Ramirez or LaRose.
The case is U.S. v. LaRose, 10-cr-00123, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
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