Shannon Conley given 4 years in prison
A teenager accused of preparing to wage armed jihad against fellow Americans and who was arrested while boarding a plane to the Middle East received a four-year prison sentence Friday afternoon in federal court.If she insists on wearing that awful garb, then she doesn't get it.
Shannon Conley, 19, was arrested at Denver International Airport last April. In September she pleaded guilty to a single charge of lending material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS.
"I have to send a message that deters others," Judge Raymond Moore said in sentencing Conley. "I'm still not sure you get it."
Conley appeared in court on Friday afternoon in a striped grey prison jumpsuit and hijab, or headscarf. She sat quietly as the prosecutor, her public defender and Moore publicly debated her mental health and the danger she poses to the community.
Her parents have said the USA needs to do better in preventing radicalization:
The parents of a Colorado teen who tried to flee to Syria to become a foreign fighter criticized US authorities this week for not having an effective way to deal with the growing threat of radicalization.But aren't they accountable for failing to raise her properly, and see to it she kept away from bad influences wherever they are? I'm afraid their argument dodges responsibility, when they're supposed to be the main ones responsible for the upbringing of their daughter.
John and Maria Conley said in an open letter that the reasons someone like their daughter, 19-year-old Shannon Conley, might decide to go to the Middle East and fight on the side of radical Muslim groups are complex and not easily solved by a punishment such as prison.
[...] "The conditions that led to Shannon's (and others') choices to try to go to the Middle East are complex, and we have no easy answers to address them," the parents wrote in their letter, according to the Denver Post. "We certainly have no 'sound bites' to offer on how to win the War on Terrorism. We do feel that a step in the right direction is to not give in to fear."
They added that the "disproportional governmental response simply aids the terrorist in winning his war by doing for him what he can't do for himself: terrify the American people."