Mississippi college student who tried to join ISIS sentenced to 12 years in prison

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On Thursday, 20-year-old Jaelyn Young was sentenced to 12 years in prison on terrorism charges after she tried to join ISIS on her honeymoon.

She and her fiancé, 22-year-old Muhammad Dakhlalla, tried to disguise a trip to Syria as a means of joining ISIS, but both were arrested before boarding their flight. They had tickets to Istanbul, Turkey.

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Young pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization in March and faced up to 20 years in prison at her sentencing.

She sobbed in court as she heard her sentence, according to The Daily Mail UK.

Prosecutors say Young pushed her fiancé into the trip: “Young continually asked Dakhlalla when they were going to join (the Islamic State group) and began to express hatred for the US government and to express support for the implementation of Sharia law in the United States.”

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Young converted to Islam at Mississippi State University and developed her extremist views after watching online videos and making several posts on social media that caught the attention of authorities before her arrest.

“I found the contacts, made arrangements, planned the departure,” Young wrote in a letter to her family before she intended to leave. “I am guilty of what you soon will find out.”

Her father Leonce Young is a former Vicksburg police officer and 21-year veteran of the military and her mother Benita Young is a school administrator.  The family begged for leniency in Jaelyn’s sentencing and has expressed shock and grief over her role in the plot.

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