British couple jailed for praising Rigby's murder

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 11:33 AM

LONDON (AP) — A British Muslim couple has been sentenced for posting "offensive" videos praising the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby.

The couple had earlier pleaded guilty to charges related to the posting of YouTube videos.

Royal Barnes, 23, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of disseminating a terrorist publication and one count of inciting murder.

His 22-year-old wife, Rebekah Dawson, was sentenced to 20 months after pleading guilty to one charge of distributing a terrorist publication.

Judge Brian Barker said the videos the couple posted were extremely offensive and showed total disregard for the slain soldier's family.

Rigby was killed by two British Muslim extremists in May 2013. The daylight killing shocked Britain and raised fears of further attacks.

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