Los Angeles (dpa) – A 19-year-old Colorado woman who allegedly conducted an Internet romance with a terrorist suspect and tried to join him in the Islamic State group pleaded guilty on Wednesday to terrorism charges, the US Department of Justice said.
Shannon Conley of Arvada, Colorado, pleaded guilty in federal court in Colorado to one count of conspiracy to provide material to support al-Qaeda and its affiliates, including the Islamic State militant group that has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
The converted Muslim was arrested in April at the Denver Airport, when she was about to travel to Turkey and Syria.
Court documents said Conley become online friends with 32-year-old Tunisian man, Yousr Mouelhi, at year’s begin and the two became engaged to marry.
“During their communications, they shared their view of Islam as requiring participation in violent jihad,” the Justice Department said.
Mouelhi helped arrange to have his new fiancé travel to Syria to join him.
Before the trip, Conley allegedly took training with the US Army Explorers and National Rifle Association to learn military tactics, firearm use, first aid and nursing. She travelled to Texas for some of the training.
“Conley also intended to fight if it became necessary to do so,” the Justice Department said.