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 Colleen R LaRose aka Jihad Jane. Photo: AP

Colleen R LaRose aka Jihad Jane. Photo: AP

Colleen R LaRose aka Jihad Jane. Photo: AP

A US woman involved in a plot to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after telling a judge she was once obsessed with jihad.

Colleen LaRose (50) had called herself "Jihad Jane" online and agreed to kill artist Lars Vilks over his series of drawings depicting the prophet Muhammad as a dog.

CONSPIRACY

She faced a potential life term. But the judge accepted a government request to reduce the sentence because of her co-operation with investigators.

Prosecutors still asked for decades in prison, saying she remains dangerous.

Both sides agree that LaRose was isolated and endured harsh abuse throughout her life.

LaRose told the judge she became obsessed with jihad, saying she was "in a trance" and thought about it from morning to night.

"I don't want to be into jihad no more," she said.

She could be out of prison in a little over four years, given the more than four years she has already served and the potential for time off for good behaviour.

US investigators say she participated in a 2009 conspiracy to target Vilks over his drawings. Muslim extremists in Iraq had offered a $100,000 (€73,000) reward for anyone who killed Vilks, who was never attacked.

The Justice Department said Ali Charaf Damache, who was living in Ireland, recruited LaRose and another US woman via jihadist websites.

Damache married the other woman, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, on the day she arrived in Ireland.

LaRose left the terror cell in Ireland after about six weeks because she "grew frustrated because her co-conspirators were not ready for action," Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said.

SENTENCED

LaRose returned to the US in 2009 to surrender, becoming one of the few women ever charged in the country with terror activities. Her arrest was kept secret and the indictment was unsealed only after Paulin-Ramirez and the six others were rounded up in Ireland.

Paulin-Ramirez and another co-defendant, teen Mohammad Hassan Khalid, are due to be sentenced this week.

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