Sentencing postponed for Howard County teen in terror plot

The Tuesday sentencing of a Howard County teen convicted of terrorism offenses in Philadelphia has been postponed, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office there.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid pleaded guilty to working to pursue a terrorist plot in Europe with a Pennsylvania woman who went by the name Jihad Jane and other people. Khalid mailed stolen documents, tried to raise money and translated extremist propaganda, according to federal prosecutors.

His sentencing had been postponed several times and his attorney said last week he was seeking further delay so his client could undergo further psychological testing.

Jihad Jane, whose real name is Colleen LaRose, was sentenced to ten years in prison on Monday. Prosecutors had been seeking a much longer term, despite what they said was her extensive cooperation, including testifying before the grand jury that indicted Khalid.

Khalid faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, but authorities have advised the judge that a sentence of something less than ten years would be an appropirate punishment. No new date for his sentencing has been set.

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