/Woman admits she tried to join Islamic State

Woman admits she tried to join Islamic State

Young, a Warren County native aged 20, pleaded guilty in federal court to one federal charge. She was accused of conspiring to provide material support for ISIS (also known as ISIL). Muhammad Dakhlalla (23-year-old former student at Mississippi State) was arrested on the charge of conspiring to supply material support or resources for ISIS in 2015. Young and Dakhlalla pleaded guilty to one federal charge. With her ankles and wrists bound, she entered the U.S. District Courtroom and leant forward toward the microphone to answer Chief Judge Sharion Alcock’s questions. Aycock asked her if she was guilty. She replied, “Yes ma’am,” Clay Joyner, the assistant U.S. attorney, stated that Young knew ISIL was terrorist organization between May 2015 to August 8, 2015. She also sought “to supply personnel” to ISIL. According to an FBI complaint, Young was a Starkville resident, a student at Starkville College, who worked in a campus lab and had repeatedly spoken online about plans to fly from Columbus, Ohio, to Amsterdam, Netherlands and Istanbul, Turkey. Dakhlalla and Young also admitted to trying to join ISIS, according the FBI. Without her mother’s consent, they purchased flight tickets using her mother’s credit cards. Young’s parents and attorneys listened to her plea with serious expressions. Her father is a cop. The court was told by him that Young could have been proven guilty of joining ISIL if the case had gone through trial. Young’s conversations online with FBI agents undercover were quoted by him. Joyner stated that she said to them “I need help crossing Turkey to Syria”, adding that as a Chemistry student she offered to help with medical assistance and Dakhlalla to media for the organization. They left their loved ones letters stating that they had died. Dakhlalla pleaded guilty on March 11 to one count, seeking to provide “material support and resources” to the terrorist group. Dakhlalla faces up to 20 year imprisonment, a $250,000 penalty and lifetime supervised release. Young will face similar punishment after Young signed a guilty plea agreement on March 22. Their “terrorist” classifications predict the possibility of long sentences. Aycock does not have to follow their pre-sentence recommendations regarding punishment. Aycock asked her, “Do you realize that the guidelines don’t have to be followed?” “Yes, ma’am,” Young responded. The petite honor student and former homecoming maid sat down with Dennis Sweet III of Jackson before entering her plea. The petite former homecoming maid and honor student sat at a table with her attorneys Dennis Sweet III and Dennis Sweet IV of Jackson before entering her plea.