According to the FBI LaRose and fellow conspirators "recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad"; but LaRose grew increasingly frustrated at the lack of action.
Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said. LaRose returned to the US in 2009 to surrender, becoming one of the few women ever charged in the country with terrorist activities. Her arrest was kept secret and only revealed after Paulin-Ramirez and the six others were rounded up in Ireland months later.
LaRose, 50, from Pennsylvania, had experienced a tough life; both the prosecution and defense in her trial agreed on that score. She lived an isolated life and had experienced years of abuse. The judge chose the fairly lenient sentence of 10 years which means she could we free in just over four.
"I don't think she's dangerous anymore because now everything is [out in the open] and I don't think she's able to do anything more that could be dangerous," he said. "From my point of view there is nothing to gain from putting her behind bars."
As for LaRose she now says "I don't want to be into jihad no more."
Her co-conspirators Jamie Paulin Ramirez and Mohammad Hassan Khalid, are scheduled to be sentenced later this week.
Comment: Perhaps this writer has grown overly cynical or read too many conspiracy theories but this story has a faint stink to it. Questions such as 'Was LaRose working with the FBI all along' refuse to be answered easily.
Then there is Bradley Manning who following a plea bargain was still jailed for 35 years! Whistle-blower Edward Snowden taking temporary asylum in Russia.
Leniency for co-operating with the government? So if there was a plot to assassinate in the US and one of the gang co-operated with the authorities would they get a much reduced sentence?