Mississippi State University Student Who Tried To Join ISIS With Fiancé Sentenced To 12 Years

August 12, 2016  |  

Jaelyn Young

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Remember Jaelyn Young?

She was the Mississippi State University student who, along with reported fiancé, Muhammad Dakhalla, admitted to attempting to join ISIS last year. According to Yahoo!, her efforts have garnered her 12 years in prison. She was sentenced on Thursday.

In March she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support/resources to terrorists. She was facing up to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000, and according to Alabama.com, her parents asked for the judge to be lenient as Young had stated that she was ashamed of her actions. Her lawyer asked for the same leniency, citing “mental instability.” The former honors student sobbed in court as she heard her sentence, which compared to 20, is…okay.

But based on what is known about Young and all she had gone through to join the terrorist group after seeing them as liberators, it sounds like that time in jail ever since her arrest last year helped her have a change of heart.

As the story goes, Young is the daughter of a school administrator and police officer. She is a former honors student, cheerleader and homecoming maid at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi. As we told you last year, Young had considered joining ISIS ever since converting to Islam early last year, and according to reports, she had started distancing herself from family and friends, even wearing a burqa. The couple was arrested trying to board a plane to what they hoped was the next stage of their entry into ISIS. What they didn’t know was that undercover FBI agents contacted both parties via social media after Young became vocal about what she saw as mistreatment of Muslims and sought out information on how to travel to Syria. Young was not shy about sharing her plans with them. She wanted to be a medic for ISIS while Dakhalla wanted to help recruit and fight for the group. Prosecutors have pointed to Young as the brains behind the operation.

Dakhalla also pleaded guilty in March to a similar charge and will learn his fate on Aug. 24.

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