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'Jihad Jane' gets break for cooperating with feds

By: The Associated Press
January 6, 2014 Updated: January 6, 2014 at 9:29 am
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photo - FILE - This June 26, 1997 file booking photo provided by the Tom Green County Jail in San Angelo, Texas, shows Colleen R. LaRose, also known as Jihad Jane. LaRose's sentencing hearing starts Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Philadelphia. LaRose admits she plotted to kill a Swedish artist over a cartoon that offended Muslims. Prosecutors will seek a long sentence Monday, despite her extensive cooperation. (AP Photo/Tom Green County Jail, File)
FILE - This June 26, 1997 file booking photo provided by the Tom Green County Jail in San Angelo, Texas, shows Colleen R. LaRose, also known as Jihad Jane. LaRose's sentencing hearing starts Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Philadelphia. LaRose admits she plotted to kill a Swedish artist over a cartoon that offended Muslims. Prosecutors will seek a long sentence Monday, despite her extensive cooperation. (AP Photo/Tom Green County Jail, File) 

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Philadelphia has agreed to a reduced sentence for a Pennsylvania woman involved in a deadly terror plot, because of her extensive cooperation with investigators.

Judge Petrese Tucker has accepted a government request to reduce Colleen LaRose's sentence. LaRose had faced a potential life term.

Prosecutors are still asking for decades in prison, fearing she remains dangerous.

LaRose, of Pennsburg, Pa., called herself "Jihad Jane" online and agreed to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims.

Both sides agree that she was lonely and isolated and endured harsh abuse throughout her life. But they disagree on how great a threat she was.

The 50-year-old LaRose smiled at her lawyers as she was brought into court in a head scarf and prison jumpsuit.

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