Mississippi: Former cheerleader turned Muslim gets 12 years for attempt to join Islamic State

Source: Mississippi ex-cheerleader sentenced to 12 years for plot to join Islamic State | NOLA.com

OXFORD, Miss. — A Mississippi woman who once sought to disguise a planned journey to join the Islamic State group as her honeymoon was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday to 12 years in prison on a terrorism charge.

Vicksburg native Jaelyn Young broke down in heavy sobs during her sentencing by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. Young pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Young had faced up to 20 years in prison.

Her parents pleaded for leniency at Thursday’s hearing. Young, amid sobs, said she was ashamed of her actions.

Her fiance, Muhammad Dakhlalla, pleaded guilty March 11 to a similar charge and is set to be sentenced Aug. 24. Prosecutors have said Young, who converted to Islam while studying at Mississippi State University, had prodded Dakhlalla into the plan.

The two were arrested in 2015 before boarding a flight from Columbus, Mississippi, with tickets for Istanbul, Turkey.

“I found the contacts, made arrangements, planned the departure,” Young had written in a farewell letter to her family. “I am guilty of what you soon will find out.”

The daughter of a school administrator and a police officer who served in the Navy reserve, Young is a former honor student, cheerleader and homecoming maid at Vicksburg’s Warren Central High School.

The two were arrested in August 2015 before they could board the flight from Mississippi with tickets for Istanbul purchased using her mother’s credit card without permission, according to court records. Authorities said the couple had contacted undercover federal agents in May, seeking online help in traveling to Syria. Both remained jailed in Oxford since their arrests.

Court papers say Young announced her conversion in March 2015 and began wearing a burqa, a garment worn by some Muslim women to cover their face and body. “After her conversion, Young distanced herself from family and friends and felt spending time with non-Muslims would be a bad influence,” prosecutors wrote.

A court statement said Young increasingly complained about the treatment of Muslims in the United States and United Kingdom. Prosecutors said that, after watching videos included pro-Islamic State messages from a British Muslim preacher who faces criminal charges of supporting the group — she began to view the fighters as liberators.

“Young continually asked Dakhlalla when they were going to join (the Islamic State group) and began to express hatred for the U.S. government and to express support for the implementation of Sharia law in the United States,” prosecutors wrote.

By May 2015, she had begun seeking advice online on how to travel to Syria, eventually making contact with undercover FBI employees, according to prosecutors.

Young told the undercover FBI employees that she and Dakhlalla would like to be medics treating the wounded. Dakhlalla, in online contacts, said he was good with computers and media and wanted to contribute to the Islamic State’s struggle. Court papers say Dakhlalla said online that he wanted to become a fighter and learn “what it really means to have that heart in battle.”

At one point, Young said she planned to camouflage the couple’s journey as a honeymoon, but later dropped that idea.

11 Responses

  1. Miss Young & Muhammad went berserk, but they
    are still accountable for their actions. Strange that the Koran calls to Blacks so strongly, when they will be slaves in a moslim country. Someone should have told Miss Young.

  2. Good that she was caught! Now she can “plan” her “honeymoon” in the security prison! Shalom!

    • She was a “patsy” for the flowery words of her boyfriend/husband and even a dupe for falling for FILTHY-ISLAM LIES against humanity. She is just what the -enemy -within wants to convert and then die for islam. It is obvious she has not experienced the wrath ,rape and violence of the over- lord islamic men who attack helpless women -children -elderly and others helpless who are there to be killed .

  3. She is very lucky. Life in an American jail is far better than being with isis. Attractive young lady. I guess if Obama had a daughter she would look like Young

    • Girls from west are usually given to fighters for fun after they are thoroughly used by officers. If they survive they can be used for suicide attack. She surely must love gang rape.

      • This woman has about the brain capacity of a WW2 concentration camp victim who falls in love with a neo-Nazi skinhead! There is absolutely no one NO ONE stupider, more ignorant, dumber than dumb than a woman (much less a black woman) who SELLS HER SOUL to the satanic blood cult of islam! At least the men who do it are promised the “reward” of 72 “WHORES” in the afterlife (just another one of mohammed’s lies), but women….MY GOD, all they get is to be the WHORES, I guess!!!

  4. Candidate for obama pardon.

  5. I think that people who want to fight for ISIS should be allowed to. They should get Darwin Price for removing their DNA from human genetic pool by especially stupid manner and get stripped of US citizenship for fight for enemy.
    Equally if someone swear allegiance to ISIS in USA. The same principle as in countries who does not allow double citizenship – US citizenship is incompatible with allegiance to ISIS, period.

  6. All who travel to any country that has ISIS should not be allowed back into our country. They have lost their right to be Americans. Whatever happens to them are not our problem.

    • @Martha. Hopefully we will elect a president who agrees with you. Personally, I really am sick and tired of these know-it-alls who think they can disrespect our country and our flag, and then act like nothing happened! This woman is a traitor, second to none! She has LOST all rights to take up where she left off! Put her in the slammer and throw away the key!!!!!

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