Jamie Paulin-Ramirez sentenced for schmucky support of terrorist "Jihad Jane"
In 2010, mom and onetime Leadville resident Jamie Paulin-Ramirez was indicted for giving material support to terrorists -- among them Colleen LaRose, also known as "Jihad Jane."
Eventually, Paulin-Ramirez started singing about LaRose, as well as her hubby, an Algerian terrorist. But the tune only went so far considering that she'd taken her six-year-old son with her to the dark side; he was reportedly trained to kill non-Muslims. How much time did this schmuck get? Learn that and more below.
As noted by the U.S. Attorneys Office in Colorado, Paulin-Ramirez pleaded guilty way back in March 2011 to a slew of allegations in her original indictment, on view below in its entirety.
Prosecutors maintained that Paulin-Ramirez, LaRose and others "conspired to obtain military-style training in South Asia and then traveled to and around Europe to participate in, and in support of, violent jihad."
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Evidence included electronic communications from July 2009 in which the man Paulin-Ramirez would marry -- he's identified only as "CC#2" -- wrote about recruiting "some brothers that can travel freely...with eu passports.... [A]nd I also need some sisters too." He added that "sister fatima will be in charge of other sister care.... [W]e have already organized everything for her.... [W]e are will[ing] to die in order to protect her no matter what the risk is."
Around that time, LaRose invited Paulin-Ramirez to join her at a terrorist training camp in Europe, and the Colorado mom didn't let the fact that she had a little one in her care stop her from accepting the deal. In September, she and the boy traveled to Ireland -- and a day after her arrival, she married CC#2 in an Islamic ceremony.
...plus one more.
This union may or may not have produced the possibility of another junior revolutionary. According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Paulin-Ramirez was with child when she was busted, although her attorney said she lost the pregnancy.
In addition, Paulin-Ramirez was initially thought to have been part of a plot to murder Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist marked for elimination because he'd had the nerve to draw the prophet Mohammed with a dog's body. Her attorney denied that, however, portraying her as more of a dupe that a conspiracist.
She'll have plenty of time to muse on her actions. Paulin-Ramirez has been sentenced to eight years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Additionally, she must pay a $2,500 fine, plus $100 labeled as a "special assessment."
If she'd done a little more special assessing a few years back, she might have avoided becoming our latest Schmuck of the Week.
Here's the aforementioned indictment.
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