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US Woman Due to Change Plea in Terrorism Case

Friday, 28 Jan 2011 06:49 PM

 

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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 to 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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