SPRINGFIELD — A decision could come in the next six weeks on whether to file additional charges against accused terrorism plotter Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, according to federal prosecutors.
During a status hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Regan said the government should have a clearer picture soon on whether to file new charges and what those charges may be.
He said the government is still waiting for forensic reports related to potential explosives and chemicals as well as digital evidence seized from computers. He declined to elaborate, but during the hearing, he said some items seized from Ciccolo's apartment were determined to be explosives and described as "partially constructed Molotov cocktails."
Ciccolo is accused of crafting a plot to attack an out-of-state college campus with weapons and explosives in support of the Islamic State. He was arrested July 4, shortly after taking possession of four firearms provided by an FBI informant.
Thus far, Ciccolo only faces charges of illegal weapons possession and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
He incurred the assault charge for allegedly stabbing a nurse in the head with a pen during a medical screening following his arrest.
Ciccolo's defense attorney, David Hoose lamented the gait of the case against his client up to this point, calling it, "somewhat of a snail's pace." But, he acknowledged, "it seems pretty likely to me there will be additional charges."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson set a further hearing date of March 23.
Ciccolo, who did not attend Wednesday's hearing, is being detained at the Donald W. Wyatt detention facility in Central Falls , R.I., while he awaits trial.