Hearing set in Alexander Ciccolo alleged terrorist plot case


SPRINGFIELD — It appears it will be at least late May before it's determined whether additional charges will be filed against alleged terror suspect Alexander Ciccolo.

By that point, Ciccolo will have been held in custody for over 10 months on weapons possession and assault and battery charges following his July 4 arrest last year.

Ciccolo has been accused of crafting a violent plot involving an attack on a college campus in support of the extremist group known as the Islamic State, including the broadcasting of student executions on the Internet.

To date, he has not been charged with any specific terrorism-related crimes.

Federal prosecutors filed a motion in mid-March asking to delay a March 23 hearing for 60 days while they decide if additional charges should be brought forth.

That hearing has now been scheduled for May 24, in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

The hearing notice does not mention whether new charges will be part of the proceeding.

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 a February hearing, Ciccolo's attorney, David Hoose said it seemed, "pretty likely" additional charges will be forthcoming.

For now, Ciccolo 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.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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