Springfield, Mo - A woman from Buffalo, Mo was sentenced in Federal Court today for using twitter to transmit threats.
The threats were being made against several people, including two FBI agents, and two former members of the military, along with their families. These threats were made on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS.
Safya Roe Yassin, 40, of Buffalo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to nine years in federal prison without parole.
On Feb. 28, 2018, Yassin pleaded guilty to two counts of transmitting threatening communications across state lines.
Yassin admitted that she maintained a series of Twitter accounts under the pseudonym “Muslimah” that she used to post, or tweet, messages in support of ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Yassin also re-posted, or re-tweeted, messages she knew were authored by ISIS operatives residing overseas.
Beginning in May 2015, Yassin communicated over Twitter with a person identified in court documents as “Individual A,” whom she believed was an ISIS operative located outside the United States.
They discussed ISIS’s publishing of personally identifying information of U.S. government employees and others, to threaten violence against those persons on behalf of ISIS.
From May 2015 through at least October 2015, Yassin and Individual A routinely communicated about promoting new pro-ISIS accounts to like-minded followers before Twitter suspended them.
Edited Press Release