Brooklyn federal judge Wednesday sentenced an admitted ISIS recruiter and failed government cooperator to only 48 months behind bars — despite prosecutors’ requests that the New Jersey woman serve 30 to 50 years for her crimes.
The lenient sentence from Judge Jack Weinstein means Sinmya Amera Ceasar, who’s already served 29 months, will walk free in just over a year and a half following her guilty pleas to charges of providing material support to ISIS and obstruction of justice.
“I was used by people when I was confused,” Ceasar told the court ahead of sentencing. “I wasn’t drawn into it by violence.” Reports the NY post.
Prosecutors, in court documents, said Ceasar, who is known by the name “Umm Nutella,” provided material support to ISIS from at least January 2016 until her November 2016 arrest. They described her as a “committed recruiter and self-described assistant to the terrorist group, connecting ISIS supporters in the United States to ISIS facilitators and operatives abroad.”
“Specifically, the defendant repeatedly used numerous social media accounts and other electronic communication platforms to proclaim her support for ISIS and violent jihad, to recruit for ISIS and to attempt to help others join and fight for the group,” the government’s sentencing memorandum says. “During this same period, the defendant also expressed her own desire to travel to ISIS-controlled territory and join the group and die as a martyr.” – NorthJersey.com