Woman to follow fiancé, plead guilty to trying to join ISIS

Woman to follow fiancé, plead guilty to trying to join ISIS

STARKVILLE, MS (WMC) - Months after a Mississippi couple planned to flee the country to Syria and join the terrorist group ISIS, the young woman plans to plead guilty to a terrorism charge.

According to court papers, Jaelyn Young, originally from Vicksburg, will plead guilty in an Aberdeen federal court on Tuesday to conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Young faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. She will also be on probation for the rest of her life.

Her plea follows the guilty plea of her fiance, Muhammad Dakhlalla, who pleaded guilty on March 11 to a similar charge. Dakhlalla has not been sentenced on his charge yet.

Young was a sophomore chemistry student at Mississippi State University when she was arrested with her fiance just before boarding a flight from Columbus, Mississippi, on August 8. They were bound for Istanbul with tickets in hand when they were taken into custody.

Authorities said the couple contacted undercover federal agents last year asking for help traveling to Syria.

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