March 18th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

'Jihad Jane' pleads not guilty

Colleen LaRose, an American woman who authorities say called herself "Jihad Jane" pleaded not guilty this morning to charges she conspired to support terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country.

LaRose, in a green jail jumpsuit, pleaded not guilty to all four charges she was facing. A trial date was set for May 3. With her hair pulled straight back in several rows of braids and tied into ponytail, LaRose smiled and nodded to her lawyers during the quick court hearing.

The Justice Department said Colleen LaRose and five co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet "to wage violent jihad in south Asia and Europe."

If convicted, LaRose would face a possible life sentence in prison and a $1 million fine.

Last year, LaRose agreed to kill a resident of Sweden, according to the indictment against her. A U.S. government official familiar with the case identified the target as Lars Vilks, a cartoonist who outraged some by drawing the Muslim prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog in 2007.

That cartoon prompted al Qaeda to offer a reward to anyone who killed Vilks.

Authorities have not identified LaRose's five alleged co-conspirators, but police in Ireland arrested seven people last week, which the U.S. official said was directly related to the plot involving LaRose. Two of those have since been charged.

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  1. Archpickle

    Does she know that she's supporting people who cut women's noses and ears off?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. BigDady28

    How do you say "Not Guilty" If you were charged with consperacy of aiding a terroist group. I dont know how you can be charged of something soo searious for no reason. That is why i think she is Guilty

    March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. BigDady28

    The thing i dont get is how they say there is 5 other people owrking with her?....who? . in the news paper if you read her ex-boy friend said she is a careing loving person. Also quiet. But i think he is also in this plot to kill Vilks.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |