A Colorado woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 32, teamed up with Colleen LaRose, a.k.a ‘Jihad Jane’, in a plot to acquire military-style training and then travel to Europe to participate in violent jihad, according to prosecutors. Ramirez faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Last month, LaRose pleaded guilty on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements and attempted identity theft. LaRose faces up to life in prison and a $1 million fine.
Prosecutors allege that in the summer of 2009, LaRose emailed Ramirez and invited her to join her in Europe at a military-style training camp. Ramirez accepted and that September, she traveled to Ireland with her son, “with the intent to live and train with jihadists,” according to the indictment. The day after she arrived in Ireland, Ramirez married an unnamed Muslim man whom she had never met before.
Ramirez’s interest in Islam “came out of left field,” her mother told The Wall Street Journal in an interview last year. In 2009, after taking an online class on Islam, she told her mom she was a Muslim. Family members recall her spending more and more time on the internet and wearing a hijab.
“Today’s guilty plea by Jamie Ramirez, coupled with that of Colleen LaRose last month, underscores the evolving nature of the terrorist threat we face,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.