Ciccolo Federal Firearms Case Expected to End in Plea Deal
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A man accused of plotting a terror attack two years ago is expected to sign a plea agreement on Monday.
An electronic notice filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday afternoon states that "based on the good faith offer of a signed plea agreement, all pre-trial deadlines are hereby stayed."
Alexander Ciccolo was scheduled to go to trial in June before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni on federal weapons charges from his arrest on July 4, 2015, in Adams.
It became apparent at his arraignment on those charges that the FBI was looking at him as a suspected terrorist. Nearly a year later, the indictment against him was amended to include a charge that Ciccolo, also known as Ali Al Amriki, "did knowingly attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction."
The case has run into numerous delays over the past two years but jury selection had been scheduled for June 4 in U.S. District Court in Springfield.
Coccolo, 25, is originally from the eastern end of the state but was living on Murray Street in Adams when he was arrested.
According to the complaint affidavit, on July 4, 2015, Ciccolo took delivery of four firearms that he had ordered from a person who was cooperating with members of the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, and who had been communicating with Ciccolo about Ciccolo's plans to engage in a terrorist act. Authorities say he had firearms in his possession and had purchased a pressure cooker at the local Walmart.
Ciccolo has a history of mental illness. His father, Boston Police Capt. Robert Ciccolo, had previously reported his concerns about his son's activities.
In 2013, Ciccolo had been peacefully protesting against nuclear weapons; two years later, he was supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and told authorities he wanted to attack a university.
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