DENVER - A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman was sentenced to 48 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to trying to help Islamic State militants.
Nineteen-year-old Shannon Conley, who was arrested at Denver International Airport in April while boarding a flight she hoped would get her to Syria, appeared in court on Friday.
Authorities say Conley wanted to marry a suitor she met online who said he was fighting with the extremists. They say she repeatedly told them she wanted to fight with him or use her nurse's aide skills to help.
Conley pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. She could face up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. But her sentence also depends on how well she cooperated with authorities in their investigation.
On Friday, the judge referred to Conley as "a bit of a mess" regarding her mental state. The judge also believed that Conley liked attention. Prosecutors described Conley as being defiant in jail and vitriolic towards her guards. The defense categorized her behavior as being "frustrated" with her situation.