A Mississippi woman was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State, according to a Justice Department press release.
Former Mississippi State chemistry major Jaelyn Young of Starkville, Miss., had converted to Islam in March 2015. Prosecutors in the case said she began to express "hatred for the U.S. government" and "support for the implementation of Shariah law in the United States" shortly after her conversion.
Young led left her family a goodbye note before she and her fiance, Muhammad Dakhlalla, attempted to flee the U.S. and travel to Syria to work for the terrorist group, where she wanted to serve as a medic despite its known disregard for women.
Federal agents apprehended the couple before they could depart the U.S. Young, one of the first women to be arrested for attempting to join the Islamic State, was charged March 11. In addition to her prison time, she will serve 15 years of supervised release.