Correspondence from Alexander Ciccolo's detention may be used in trial


SPRINGFIELD — Letters and phone calls from Alexander Ciccolo while in custody may be used as evidence in his upcoming trial, according to court documents.

Ciccolo was living in Adams and under investigation for allegedly concocting a plot to attack a college campus using firearms and homemade explosives, but so far, he hasn't been arraigned on any specific terrorism-related charges since his July 4 arrest.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal weapons possession and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

In September, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Regan said there may be more serious charges coming, based on the results of the government's ongoing investigation.

A copy of a letter filed with the U.S. District Court outlines evidence provided by the government to Ciccolo's attorney, David Hoose.

That evidence includes records of calls allegedly made by Ciccolo from the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island between July 31 and Nov. 18, along with mail he'd sent and received while there.

The discovery evidence also includes documents seized from Ciccolo and his apartment following his arrest and forensic reports related to his iPhone and iCloud accounts, according to the letter.

Ciccolo remains held without bail while awaiting trial.

Evidence used against Ciccolo at his July 14 bail hearing included about nine minutes of his interview with authorities following his arrest, during which he expressed his support of the Islamic State terror group.

The Islamic State "doesn't execute innocent people," Ciccolo said during the recorded interview. "[It] kills enemies; they kill oppressors. What I'm saying is, they will only kill people that fight them."

Hoose has said, apart from the charges his client faces, he's only expressed unpopular beliefs and the only reason he faces a weapons charge is because he accepted a small cache of weapons provided by the FBI at no cost.

Ciccolo incurred the assault and battery charge after allegedly stabbing a nurse in the head with a pen during a routine medical screening as part of his booking process.

A status hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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