A Colorado woman will plead guilty in federal court in Philadelphia on Tuesday to a count of providing material aid to terrorists, her lawyer said Thursday.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Leadville was charged in the same indictment as Colleen LaRose, the Pennsburg woman known as Jihad Jane.
LaRose pleaded guilty last month to participating in a plot to kill a Swedish artist who offended some Muslims by drawing a picture of Muhammad with the body of a dog. E-mails LaRose apparently sent show that she offered to use her identity – blond hair, Western face, and U.S. passport – to help extremists in Europe.
U.S. counterterrorism officials have called LaRose’s 2009 arrest evidence of a new and alarming threat – an American-born woman’s joining an Islamic terrorist conspiracy.
LaRose and Paulin-Ramirez began e-mailing each other in August 2009. According to the indictment, LaRose wrote that she was moving to Europe “to join the brothers and sisters,” and Paulin-Ramirez responded, “I would love to go over there.”
The women first met a month later, when, the government alleges, they arrived in Ireland to meet up with terrorists. As part of the plot, prosecutors said, Paulin-Ramirez married a co-conspirator the day she arrived in Ireland, a man she had never met….