Woman who sought to join Islamic State group to be sentenced

Posted at 9:01 AM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 09:01:47-04

A Philadelphia woman who admitted to plotting to travel to Syria to aid the Islamic State group is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court.

Keonna Thomas pleaded guilty last year to one count of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Her attorney has said that her client has accepted responsibility and is ready to put the matter behind her and her two young children.

Authorities say Thomas called herself Fatayat Al Khilafah and "YoungLioness" as she sought to raise money online, and once told an Islamic State group fighter that taking part in a martyrdom operation "would be amazing."

Thomas was arrested in Philadelphia in 2015. She faces 15 years in prison.