Rockford Resident Sentenced for Supporting ISIS
The U.S. District Court in St. Louis handed down a verdict against a Bosnian immigrant, formerly from Rockford, for giving money in support of the Islamic State and Al-Qaida. Here's the sentence.
Despite her attorney's plea that she is by no means a terrorist, Jasminka Ramic was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison.
Jasminka Ramic pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. She was sentenced in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.
According to WTVO/WQRF TV, "I did make a mistake," Ramic, 43, told Judge Catherine Perry in broken English. "I admit I did something I was not supposed to do."
She connected on Facebook with a man named Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a Bosnian immigrant who left St. Louis in May 2013 for Syria, and sent him $700 in three payments, plus hot chocolate.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Drake said that while Ramic's original motive may have been altruistic, she eventually learned that Pazara had joined the fight of terror groups and continued to support him. He died in battle in September 2014.
Ramic became a U.S. citizen in 2006. She lived in Rockford, Illinois, before moving to Germany, where she was arrested. Her husband and children still live there according to WTVO/WQRF.