- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State militant group wants to be released from jail before she is sentenced.

Shannon Conley’s attorney, Robert Pepin, filed documents in federal court Wednesday asking a judge to consider releasing her on bond until she is sentenced in January. He said she is not a flight risk and is no longer interested in traveling to Syria to help extremists wage violent jihad.

Prosecutors have not responded to Pepin’s request.

It came after Conley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. FBI agents say Conley told them she wanted to marry a suitor she met online who said he was a Tunisian man fighting with the Islamic State, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq. U.S. officials have said they are increasingly concerned about Americans joining their ranks.

Conley said she wanted to use her American military training with the U.S. Army Explorers to fight a holy war overseas, authorities said. If she could not fight with the extremists, she told agents, she would use her training as a nurse’s aide. In the documents, Pepin described her training not as advanced medical care but as a “one on one, caring human touch.”

Pepin said Conley would cooperate with authorities if she were released, just as she spoke openly with them before about her desire for jihad. Her plea agreement calls for her to divulge information she may have about other Americans with similar intentions.

Agents said they arrested Conley at Denver International Airport in April as she boarded a flight on her way to Syria.

Conley was pursuing her Muslim faith when she “was exposed to teachings through which she was terribly misled,” Pepin wrote in the documents. “She knows she was misled.”

He said her relationship with her family has improved since her arrest, and she would live with her parents in Arvada if she were released. Her parents, Ana and John, cooperated with the investigation and would ensure she did not reoffend, Pepin said, noting that authorities have her passport.

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