A 20-year-old college student from Mississippi was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for attempting to join ISIS.
Jaelyn Young, the daughter of a police officer and a Navy veteran mother, was arrested in 2015 after undercover FBI agents posing as ISIS members assisted her in arranging travel plans to join the terrorist group. She pleaded guilty in March to “conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization,” reported The Associated Press.
Young, along with her fiance Muhammad Dakhlalla, were arrested at a Mississippi airport before boarding a flight to Turkey on Aug. 8, 2015. AP reported that Young converted to Islam in March 2015 and encouraged Dakhkalla to join ISIS with her after she watched videos from the terrorist group.
On May 13, 2015, 19-year-old Young caught the attention of the FBI when she tweeted about saving money to travel to Syria, the Intercept reported. Undercover agents posing as ISIS members then began communicating with her to assist in her plans.
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Federal prosecutors claimed Young was distancing herself from non-Muslims at this time and “continually asked Dakhlalla when they were going to join [ISIS] and began to express hatred for the U.S. government and to express support for the implementation of Sharia law in the United States.”
After hearing her sentence, Young broke down in tears.
"I wasn't myself,” she said, according to the International Business Times. “I said and did things that were so contrary to me. Much of this remains surreal to me.”
Dakhlalla, who pleaded guilty to similar charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 24.