U.S. Nurse's Aide Expected to Plead Guilty to Plan to Help Islamic State

Colorado woman, 19, was charged with conspiracy, faces 5 years in prison and $250,000 fine, reports say.


A 19-year-old nurse's aide from suburban Denver was expected to plead guilty on Wednesday to planning to join the terror group Islamic State, media reports said.

Shannon Conley, charged with conspiracy to provide support to IS, faces as much as five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, reports say. The reports cited documents saying she's reached a plea agreement. The details weren't disclosed.

The FBI arrested her at Denver International Airport as she was trying to board a flight to Turkey. Authorities said she planned to go from Turkey to Syria, the Associated Press reported.

Late last year, reports say, Conley, of Arvada, Colo., began talking about terrorism at Faith Bible Chapel in the city and then began wearing Islamic garb. A prominent image of Conley shows her wearing the hijab.

TheDenverChannel.com reported that the chapel's officials were on guard because in December 2007 a man, Matthew Murray, opened fire at the church's Youth with a Mission Training Center, killing two missionaries.

Reports say that federal agents and her parents tried to talk her out of her plans, but she said she intended to marry a man she met online, whom she said was Tunisian.

AP quoted court documents as showing that Conley said that if she couldn't fight with IS, she wanted to use her nursing skills to help its members.