U.S. woman sentenced on terrorism charges

Jan. 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A Colorado woman was given an eight-year prison term after telling a judge it was a mistake to let an al-Qaida operative train her 6-year-old son for holy war.

Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 35, told a federal judge in Philadelphia Wednesday she knows she made a mistake and said she hopes her child can forget the teachings, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

During the sentencing, prosecutors showed a video of Ramirez's son wearing traditional Middle Eastern-style clothing and vowing to shoot non-Muslims

In 2009, Ramirez met al-Qaida operative Ali Charaf Damache online, prosecutors said. She said she fell in love with him and brought her son along with her to Ireland to meet him. They married several hours after she arrived

Damache, who was indicted in 2010, is imprisoned in Ireland and fighting extradition. The boy is now living with his grandmother.

Ramirez was the second terrorism suspect with ties to Damache to be sentenced this week.

Colleen LaRose, a woman known as her screen name "Jihad Jane," was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for plotting with Damache to kill a Swedish artist whose work offended Muslims.

LaRose also met Damache online.

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