'Jihad Jane' Sentenced to 10 Years for Failed Al-Qaida Plot

The U.S. woman could have received a life sentence but got her sentence reduced after helping in other terrorism cases.

A U.S. woman involved in a plot to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Fifty-year-old Colleen LaRose had called herself "Jihad Jane" online and agreed to kill the artist.

She faced a potential life term. But the judge accepted a government request to reduce the sentence because of her extensive cooperation 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.

She already has spent four years behind bars.