Valley woman facing terrorism charges

A Valley woman is facing terror charges after investigators uncover a strange plot to kill several people by detonating a homemade bomb.
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A Valley woman is facing terror charges after investigators uncover a strange plot to kill several people by detonating a homemade bomb.
 
The attack was supposed to happen inside the walls of a west Valley prison.
 
Michelle Bastian is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Fourth Avenue Jail.
 
The bakery bookkeeper is now being accused of co-planning an ISIS-inspired terror attack, along with her husband.
 
Federal and state investigators say Bastian was a co-conspirator in a terror plot to kill several people inside the Lewis Prison where her husband, Thomas Bastian is serving a life sentence for a 2008 murder.
 
Her home in Florence was raided Wednesday.
 
Bastian Worked as a bookkeeper at a bakery in Chandler, where she was taken into custody.
 
Bastian did not say much at her initial court appearance.
 
A representative for the Arizona attorney general's office did address the judge saying Bastian was a danger to society.
 
"The defendant appears to be easily influenced by the co-conspirator in this matter."
 
According to court paperwork, Thomas Bastian became a radicalized Muslim while in prison.
 
ISIS and other terrorism related materials along with instructions on how to make a bomb were allegedly found in his prison cell.
 
Investigators say Bastian was going plant the bomb in a vending machine with the goal of murdering bystanders and the prison warden.
 
Investigators believe Michelle Bastian was going to smuggle bomb-making materials into the prison so her husband could carry out the attack.
 
Michelle Bastian is now facing two terrorism counts the attorney general's office says that this is an ongoing investigation and that Thomas Bastian could face terrorism charges as well.

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