(CBS/AP) Colleen LaRose, the woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" online, pleaded guilty Tuesday to her role in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended Muslims.
Colleen LaRose, 47, faces the possibility of life in prison after pleading guilty to four federal charges, including conspiracy to murder a foreign target, conspiracy to support terrorists and lying to the FBI.
LaRose, who spent long hours caring for the father, also was building a shadow life online from 2008 to 2009. According to prosecutors, LaRose "worked obsessively on her computer to communicate with, recruit and incite other jihadists," using screen names including "Jihad Jane," "SisterOfTerror," and "ExtremeSister4Life."
She has been in custody since October 2009.
Speaking clearly but quietly, LaRose said Tuesday she had never been treated for any mental health problems and was entering her plea freely. She whispered a few comments to her lawyers, some of them prompting a smile from public defender Mark T. Wilson.
"Today's guilty plea, by a woman from suburban America who plotted with others to commit murder overseas and to provide material support to terrorists, underscores the evolving nature of the threat we face," said Assistant U.S. Attorney General David Kris.
LaRose and co-defendant Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Colorado are the rare U.S. women charged with terrorism.
Paulin-Ramirez has pleaded not guilty since she was arrested in Ireland with other terror suspects.
The March 2010 indictment charged LaRose with conspiring with jihadist fighters and pledging to commit murder in the name of a Muslim holy war, or jihad.
The indictment was announced hours after authorities arrested seven suspected terrorists in Ireland allegedly linked to LaRose.
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