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Va. woman admits lying to federal agent

By Maria Glod

A 26-year-old Northern Virginia woman pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a special agent who was investigating her husband, who has since admitted to supporting Somali terrorists and threatening the creators of TV's "South Park" over their depiction of the prophet Muhammad.

Under a plea agreement in federal court in Alexandria, Proscovia Kampire Nzabanita, of Bristow, will not be put in prison and instead will receive probation.

Nzabanita, a native of Uganda, also will be required to leave the United States within 120 days and relinquish her legal status. Sentencing is set for Jan. 28.

Nzabanita's husband, Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, last month pleaded guilty to charges of providing material support to terrorists, communicating threats and soliciting crimes of violence.

Chesser, who attended Oakton High School, was a fan of Japanese anime who played basketball and football as a freshman and rowed crew, friends recalled. He became interested in Islam after dating a fellow student his senior year.

Chesser was arrested July 21, days after he was blocked from traveling with his infant son from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Uganda, en route to Somalia.

Chesser admitted he had planned to join the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab, which the U.S. government lists as a terrorist organization, in its bid to overthrow the U.N.-supported Somali government.

Nzabanita, who was aware of her husband's plans, intended to travel to Somalia with him, according to court papers. One trip they planned in 2009 was put off because Nzabanita's mother, who held her daughter's passport, refused to release it because she feared Nzabanita would go to Somalia to support a terrorist group.

Later, Nzabanita and her husband decided he would go first with their infant son to Uganda, under the ruse of traveling to obtain a copy of her birth certificate, court papers say. He planned to continue on to Somalia and took the baby along as cover.

On July 10, Nzabanita dropped Chesser and their baby off at the airport, and she planned to join them later in Somalia, according to court papers. She later told a Secret Service agent that the only purpose for Chesser's trip was to get her birth certificate in Uganda.

By Maria Glod  | November 9, 2010; 1:22 PM ET
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What a sad but fitting end to this story. Looks like the kid is gonna be a ward of the state. She gets deported. He's gonna get 40 years in federal prison.
The woman really should have known better than to get not only wrapped up in a megalomaniac like Chesser who is six years younger than him but MARRY him after two months and allow him to KNOCK HER UP! Sorry, darling, you should have known better.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | November 9, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

120 days to get out? Why not just put her on a plane and say 'Thanks for visiting!'???? It shouldn't take 120 days for her to leave on her own. Federal agents should PUT her on a plane.

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | November 9, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Mac - seriously, you think the wife is the victim here? Proscovia Nzabanita has been an obsessed, vocal fan of terrorists and jihad and a hardcore radical muslim for years. She was advocating violence and supporting terrorists in blogs and groups all over the internet years before she met Chesser.
The dupe in this case is the guy. The older female wife was the one who converted HIM.
You may want to check the known history of this couple.

Posted by: AceTomato | November 10, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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