No shortage of Muslims in the United States wanting to wage jihad. via Maryland teen pleads guilty in ‘Jihad Jane’ terrorism plot, faces up to 15 years in prison: – NY Daily News.
PHILADELPHIA — A teen from Pakistan with a once-bright future in the U.S. pleaded guilty Friday to terrorism charges for helping an American woman dubbed “Jihad Jane” support an Irish terror cell planning to wage a Muslim holy war in Europe.
Mohammad Hassan Khalid had won a full scholarship to prestigious Johns Hopkins University before the FBI arrested him last summer at 17, making him the rare juvenile held in federal custody.
Khalid, now 18, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. In a secret life online, the high school honors student had agreed to raise money and recruit terrorists for jihad.
“It’s absolutely tragic,” defense lawyer Jeffrey M. Lindy said after the plea. “Was he feeling lonely after coming from Pakistan? Absolutely. But he was not a loner. He wasn’t the big man on campus, or captain of the football team. But he wasn’t a black trench-coat wearing loner.”
Khalid lived with his hard-working parents and siblings in a cramped apartment in Ellicott City, Md., while building an alternate life online.
He met Colleen LaRose in a chat room when he was 15 and began corresponding with her. LaRose, who dubbed herself “Jihad Jane,” lived with a boyfriend in small-town Pennsylvania, but had secretly converted to Islam and was appearing in jihadist YouTube videos. She faces life in prison after admitting last year that she had plotted to kill a Swedish artist whose cartoon had offended Muslims.
In court Friday, prosecutors said that Khalid once received a package from LaRose, removed a passport from it and then forwarded other items to co-conspirators. He wanted to deliver the passport to them himself, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said.
“Khalid also sought confirmation from LaRose that her ‘brothers’ are REAL muhahids,” or jihadists, Williams said. Khalid also helped LaRose remove online jihadist posts after the FBI interviewed her, she said.