Denver teenager gets four year sentence for trying to join ISIS
A 19-year old Denver woman who tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS has been given four year sentence by a federal judge. Shannon Maureen Conley appeared in a hijab and civilian clothes for her sentence on Friday.
As Judge Raymond Moore handed over the punishment to the teenager, her parents were also present in the court. The judge said that Conley needs psychiatric help. The judge added that she has no history in the criminal justice system. Teenagers make dumb decisions.
Judge Moore said, “I'm not saying that her decisions were all a product of mental illness... But she's a bit of a mess.”
Conley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide help to the Islamic State militants. FBI reports said that Conley wanted to marry a guy she met online. He was fighting with the extremists. She told them that she wanted to help him and to travel to Syria. In the court, Conley pleaded that she does not believe that she is a threat to the society.
Conley’s lawyer, Robert Pepin said that he was disappointed with the judgment. He added, “I think the judge gave a sentence he thought was appropriate. That's all I really have to say about the sentence.”
Under the plea agreement, Conley could have faced up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. The plea was made last year for a reduced charge with lighter sentence. She became the first American citizen to be sentenced for supporting ISIS.
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