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Mississippi Woman Pleads Guilty to Supporting IS Group

FILE - the Islamic Center of Mississippi in Starkville, Miss., where Muhammad Dakhlalla was a member and his father, Oda H. Dakhlalla and Jaelyn Deishaun Young, 20, were charged in federal court on March 29, 2016, with attempting to join the so-called Islamic State group.

A woman in the southern U.S. state of Mississippi has pleaded guilty to trying to join the so-called Islamic State militant group in Syria.

Jaelyn Young, 20, admitted her crime to a federal judge in Aberdeen, Mississippi Tuesday, pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Her fiance, Muhammad Dakhlalla, pleaded guilty on March 11 to a similar charge and also awaits sentencing.

Both are facing maximum sentences of 20 years in prison, fines of $250,000, and lifetime probation.

The couple was arrested August 8 before boarding a flight from Columbus, Mississippi, with tickets for Istanbul.

According to a criminal complaint, the two repeatedly said in online communications with undercover FBI agents that they planned to travel to Syria in support of the terrorist group.

Over the course of several months, Young told undercover agents on various social media platforms that money was the only thing keeping them from immediately travelling to join Islamic State.

At the time, Young said she was skilled in math and chemistry and said she and Dakhlalla would like to be medics treating the wounded.

The two are former students at Mississippi State University. Young was a chemistry major and is the daughter of a police officer. Dakhlalla graduated in May and was planning to start graduate school in psychology.

Some material for this report came from AP.