A Pakistani national, who pleaded guilty to a federal terrorism charges, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for his partnering with the woman known as "Jihad Jane" -- Philadelphian Colleen LaRose -- in a plot to murder a Swedish artist, according to the FBI.
The 20-year-old homegrown terrorist, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, has been in custody for three years due to his involvement in the "Jihad Jane" conspiracy. Judge Petrese Tucker of the federal district court in Philadelphia ruled that Khalid will be credited for three-years time served and therefore will only spend two years in prison to complete the five-year-sentence. In addition to the prison term, Judge Tucker sentenced him to three years of supervised release, with limited access to computers.
"I believe this will not be the last time we hear about Mohammad Hassan Khalid. His total sentence of five years is a slap-in-the-face to all Americans who are battling these Muslim terrorists. Limited access to computers? How does one do that? It's a joke in the era of Obama's non-war on terrorists," said former New York police detective, Sid Franes.
Khalid was arrested in 2011, when he was 17-years-old, and charged with providing material support to terrorists. He worked with another homegrown Islamist named Colleen LaRose, a housewife living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She was dubbed "Jihad Jane" by police and news reporters.
In January 2014, LaRose got a 10-year prison sentence for plotting to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had created the cartoon of the head of Muslim Prophet Mohammad atop a dog's body.
While the prosecutors requested a tougher prison sentence for Khalid, the judge appeared to side with the defense attorney who said the case was much-ado about nothing and claimed Khalid suffered from Asperger's Sydrome, a high-performing type of autism.
Meanwhile, LaRose admitted to taking directives from alleged members of al-Qaida. She had flown to Ireland in 2009 to meet with Ali Damache, an Algerian national. Damache is now fighting extradition from Ireland to the United States to face terror charges.
Prosecutors had argued that Khalid helped Damache recruit others and helped LaRose in her destroying of evidence. The FBI also uncovered evidence that Khalid helped LaRose and Damache in translating violent Islamist videotapes from Urdu into English.