As if this story wasn’t bizarre enough, it has now come to an unfortunate end for Mississippi native and newlywed Jaelyn Young. It was just announced today that she has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for trying to join ISIS on her honeymoon with husband Muhammad Dakhlalla, whom she married in June of 2015.
Jaelyn Young was a young college student when she met and fell in love with Muhammad Dakhlalla, who she would later marry. However, their union was anything but a picturesque happily ever after. Instead, they had disturbing plans to join the terrorist group while on their honeymoon.
TIME magazine has all of the chilling details of their failed ISIS attempt, as well as the emotional reaction to today’s verdict in the case.
Their report states:
A Mississippi woman who once sought to disguise a planned journey to join ISIS as her honeymoon was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday to 12 years in prison on a terrorism charge. Vicksburg native Jaelyn Young broke down in heavy sobs during her sentencing by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. Young pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
Her parents pleaded for leniency at Thursday’s hearing. Young, amid sobs, said she was ashamed of her actions. Her fiance, Muhammad Dakhlalla, pleaded guilty March 11 to a similar charge and is set to be sentenced Aug. 24. Prosecutors have said Young, who converted to Islam while studying at Mississippi State University, had prodded Dakhlalla into the plan. The two were arrested in 2015 before boarding a flight from Columbus, Mississippi, with tickets for Istanbul, Turkey.
Young and Dakhlalla were among a number of people arrested around the country for ISIS sympathies. Like many, authorities said, they had developed views supporting ISIS in part by watching online videos and were arrested after social media posts attracted the attention of the FBI.
This case is a sad situation all around. Young was described by many as smart, happy and well-liked, a former cheerleader, she was also an honor student and part of the homecoming court at her high school in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
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