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Teen from ‘Jihad Jane’ plot becomes youngest ever to serve time on U.S. terror charges

Mohammad Hassan Khalid gets five-year federal prison sentence

- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mohammad Hassan Khalid of Maryland now holds the distinction for the youngest person ever to serve time in a U.S. terrorism case.

The Maryland man, now 20, was sentenced to five years in federal prison Thursday for his involvement with "Jihad Jane" when he was a teenager, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

"Nothing I say today can excuse the disappointment I have caused my family," he told the judge, the paper reported.

Khalid plotted with Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania, whose used the screen name "Jihad Jane" while online, to kill a Swedish artist whose work they deemed offensive to Islam when he was 15 years old.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams also asserted that, as a translator of al Qaeda propaganda, Khalid worked with the kind of "brilliance and eloquence" the terrorist organization needs to recruit Westerners, the Inquirer reported.

"I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. I feel like we're talking about another case entirely," said Khalid's lawyer, Jeffrey Lindy, the paper reported. "They had as much chance of killing Lars Vilks as I did — which is no chance."

LaRose was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January for her role in the murder plot. She told the judge she had been consumed by thoughts of a Muslim holy war.

"That's all I would think about is jihad, jihad, jihad," LaRose told the judge during her guilty plea, the Associated Press reported.

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