A 19-year-old Colorado woman, who wanted to join the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by marrying an Islamic State militant she had never met with in person, was sentenced to four-year jail term in federal prison.
In September 2014, Shannon Maureen Conley was pleaded guilty to one count for conspiring to provide material support to the terror outfit.
The young woman said that she never intended to hurt anyone by joining the foreign organization, but just hoped to defend the Muslim community.
After the prosecutor requested the federal court for sentencing her, US District Judge Raymond P. Moore awarded her four-year imprisonment and said that he wanted to send a stronger message to others who are also considering the same thing.
US District Judge Raymond P. Moore said, “This is not a serious offense but an extremely serious offense. I need to send a message.”
Conley was arrested last year in April at Denver International Airport while she was trying to board a plane for Turkey. She had planned to marry a 32-year-old IS militant, Yousr Mouelhi, she had met online.
Using an acronym for Islamic State, she said, “It was after arrest that I learned the truth about the ISIS that I was taught to respect.”
Conley, who converted to Islam three years ago, radicalized via social media and her other Internet contacts.
Even though the federal authorities struggled hard to dissuade Conley, but she refused to give up her ambitions, saying she wanted to use her nurse’s training to assist what she believed was a holy war in Syria.