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A spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office didn’t respond to an email and phone call seeking comment.

Mr. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, during a confrontation in a Central Florida gated community in February.


‘Jihad Jane’ faces life in plot to kill Muslim-offending artist

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania woman who called herself “Jihad Jane” and admitted she plotted to kill a Swedish artist who offended Muslims faces a life sentence in December.

Pennsburg resident Colleen LaRose has been in custody since she returned from Ireland to surrender to the FBI in 2009.

Her arrest was kept secret until several other people were rounded up months later. A Maryland teenager has been charged.

Court papers show LaRose, 48, called herself Jihad Jane in an online video and said she was “desperate” to help Muslims.

LaRose pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder a foreign target and support terrorists and lying to the FBI. The murder plot wasn’t carried out.

Prosecutors said Monday that LaRose’s sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 19 in Philadelphia.


Former Kansas soldier gets 10 months for sham marriage

WICHITA — A former Kansas soldier will spend 10 months in federal prison for entering into a sham marriage so he could get additional military benefits and his Jamaican bride could become a legal immigrant, a federal judge ruled Monday.

In a rare move, U.S. District Judge Monti Belot rejected the prosecution’s request for leniency for Joshua Priest, saying it was not justified in this case. The former Fort Riley private pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and wire fraud, and testified against his wife, Shannakay Hunter.

“The fact you came in and cooperated is fine, but it doesn’t excuse what you did,” Judge Belot told the crestfallen defendant during the sentencing hearing.

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