Feds ask for more time in Alexander Ciccolo case
SPRINGFIELD — Federal Prosecutors say they need up to two more months to weigh whether to file additional charges against Alexander Ciccolo and what those charges might be.
Ciccolo, of Adams, has been in custody since his July 4 arrest last year, accused of attempting to craft a violent plot in support of the Islamic State, but has yet to be charged with any specific terrorism-related crimes.
In a motion filed last week in U.S. District Court, Assistant U.S. attorneys Kevin O'Regan and Deepika B. Shukla sought to continue the status conference, originally set for March 23, for up to 60 days.
During that time, the government plans to make a final determination regarding charges.
"The government has been reviewing the evidence against (Ciccolo) and potential additional charges which may be brought against him," the motion reads. "The government has not made a final decision, but anticipates that it will be able to make the decision whether to bring such charges and which charges to bring within 60 days."
At the case's last status hearing on Feb. 10, O'Regan estimated it would be six weeks for such a decision to be made, leading to the scheduling of the now-canceled March 23 conference.
Despite the request for more time, the government said the case is proceeding.
"During this intervening time the parties are still making progress in moving this case through the pretrial process," the motion reads.
According to court files, the government has produced over 1,000 pages of discovery evidence in the case, including images from three different computers.
At the February conference, Ciccolo's attorney, David Hoose said it seemed, "pretty likely" additional charges will be forthcoming.
To date, Ciccolo only faces a weapons possession charge for accepting a small cache of weapons from an undercover FBI informant shortly before his arrest and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly stabbing a nurse in the head with a pen during a medical screening as part of his booking process.
Ciccolo is being detained at the Donald W. Wyatt detention facility in Central Falls , R.I., while he awaits trial.
No specific date has yet been set for the next proceeding in the case.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.
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