The woman who is disreputably known as ‘Jihad Jane’ remains a public threat, prosecutors said at a presentence hearing this week. This despite the fact that ‘Jane,’ whose real name is Colleen LaRose, has provided "very significant" assistance to authorities in terrorist investigations.
Yahoo! News carried a Jan. 2 story from Reuters, which reported that U.S. prosecutors want the 50-year-old LaRose sentenced to "decades behind bars" for her 2009 role in a failed plot to kill political cartoonist Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist who came under fire after portraying the Prophet Muhammad as a dog.
LaRose, born in Pa., is an American citizen. She pleaded guilty in February 2011 to charges in terrorism-related crimes, including “conspiracy to commit murder and providing material support to terrorists.” She has been in custody since October of 2009.
According to Reuters, U.S. guidelines call for LaRose to receive a life sentence. However, given her cooperation, prosecutors instead asked the judge to sentence LaRose to an undetermined "decades behind bars."
"News of LaRose's arrest spread shockwaves throughout the West, as people recognized that the face of the terrorism threat had changed forever," prosecutors Jennifer Arbittier Williams and Matthew Blue wrote. "The world is watching, and this sentencing presents an important opportunity to send a strong message to other lonely, vulnerable people who might be enticed by online extremists promising fame and honor."