'Jihad Jane' Gets Reduced Sentence in Pa. Court

Woman accused of plotting artist's murder still faces prison.

This booking photo released by the Tom Green County Jail in San Angelo, Texas, shows Colleen R. LaRose on June 26, 1997. LaRose, who called herself "Jihad Jane" online, pleaded guilty Feb. 1, 2011, to her role in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended Muslims.
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The Pennsylvania woman known as "Jihad Jane" received a reduced sentence in court Monday morning for plotting to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims.

The Associated Press reports Judge Petrese Tucker granted the government's request to reduce the sentence for Colleen LaRose, due largely to her cooperation with federal authorities. LaRose, 50, had faced a life sentence in prison.

The judge ultimately sentenced LaRose to 10 years in prison, according to USA Today. Prosecuting lawyers had asked for a sentence spanning multiple decades, citing LaRose's potential danger.

LaRose referred to herself as "Jihad Jane" in online forums, and arrived in court on Monday wearing a headscarf and prison jumpsuit. She smiled at her lawyers upon entering the courtroom.

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She surrendered herself to the FBI after returning to the U.S. from Ireland in 2009, Fox News reports.

LaRose admits that she helped plot the murder of Lars Vilks, a Swedish-born artist, for drawings that depicted the face of Islamic prophet Muhammad on the body of a dog. The drawings were removed from a Swedish gallery in 2007 shortly before the exhibit opened and have never been displayed publicly

Islamic doctrine prohibits depictions of Muhammad.

Vilks told the BBC in a radio report released Monday morning that he would continue his work depicting Muhammad by overlaying the prophet's likeness on classic paintings.

"I make copies of very well-known classic masterpieces and then I add the dog [with the face of Muhammad] into those pieces," he told BBC World Service's Dan Damon. Vilks continues to receive death threats for his work.

"In the end, the sensation of this thing will disappear if you just produce ... enough, nobody really bothers anymore," he said. "I think that's the best way to handle the situation."

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