WASHINGTON(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania woman charged
with providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to
kill in a foreign nation is due to change her not guilty plea
in the case, according to a court document released Friday.
A change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled for Colleen
LaRose, known as "Jihad Jane," on Feb. 1 in federal court in
Philadelphia, the one-page notice said. Such notices typically
occur when a defendant decides to change a plea from not guilty
LaRose is accused of plotting with others over the Internet
to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed
in a way that was offensive to Muslims, and of wanting to
become a martyr to Islam.
LaRose, from Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, has been in custody
for more than a year. She used online pseudonyms such as "Jihad
Jane" and "Fatima LaRose."
She pleaded not guilty in March after an unsealed federal
grand jury indictment alleged that she recruited men online to
wage "violent jihad" or holy war, in South Asia and Europe.
LaRose faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if
convicted of the charges.
(Reporting by James Vicini, Editing by Paul Simao)
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