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James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse. Kristi Petrillo/The Declaration
By Austin Nolen
Keonna Thomas, a North Philadelphia woman who pleaded guilty last year to attempting to join the Islamic State, was sentenced yesterday afternoon to eight years in federal prison.
Thomas faced up to 15 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed under the law for her crime. In many cases, federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence shorter than the maximum. In Thomas’ case, however, the guidelines’ “terrorism enhancement” made 15 years the recommended sentence.
Prosecutors called for U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson to