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19-year-old Colorado woman will plead guilty for trying to join Islamic State

Shannon Conley's attorney filed a "notice of disposition" on Monday, likely meaning the 19-year-old has struck a plea bargain with prosecutors.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

DENVER, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A Colorado woman who fell in love with a Syrian terrorist and planned to join Islamic extremists to provide training and medical care is expected to plead guilty to attempting aid terrorists.

According to federal prosecutors, 19-year-old Shannon Maureen Conley repeatedly provided a man claiming to be affiliated with al-Qaida and the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) with resources and information between September 2013 and April 2014.

Conley and the man, known only as Y.M., became engaged and Conley allegedly planned to move to Syria to live as his housewife and aid terrorist organizations with medical care and training.

After months of questioning and attempts by FBI agents to dissuade her extremism, Conley was arrested in April attempting to leave the country.

Conley initially plead not guilty to charges of aiding terrorism, but on Monday her attorney filed a "notice of disposition," likely meaning Conley has struck a plea bargain with prosecutors.

She is currently charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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