SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — The Berkshire County man who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges back in May has been sentenced to prison time.
Twenty-six year-old Alexander Ciccolo, also known as Ali Al Amriki, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Springfield’s federal court to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.
“Alexander Ciccolo planned to kill innocent civilians in the United States on ISIS’s behalf,” said United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew E. Lelling. “Even though he was born and spent most of his life in Massachusetts, Ciccolo decided to turn against his country and plotted to attack his fellow Americans. Thanks to the tireless investigation and swift response of our law enforcement partners, Ciccolo was unable to carry out his violent plan. The sentence handed down today reflects our commitment to bringing all those whose allegiance lies with terrorists to justice.”
At the time of Ciccolo’s arrest in 2015, Lelling said he was planning to attack a university using firearms and improvised explosives, and attempted to recruit others to assist him in his attack plan.
Shortly after his arrest, while at the Franklin County Correctional Center, Ciccolo stabbed a nurse with a pen more than ten times, leaving a bloody gash on the nurse’s head.
Ciccolo is the son of Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo, who prosecutors say “likely saved the lives of numerous innocent people” by alerting the FBI about his son.
“Make no mistake, Alexander Ciccolo was a committed soldier of ISIS who wanted to kill innocent people at a United States university with assault rifles and pressure cooker bombs, not an unwitting dupe who didn’t understand the gravity of what he was doing,” said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “He repeatedly expressed his desire to engage in acts of violent jihad against our country, and with this sentencing, he will now pay the price for conspiring with a foreign terrorist organization. I commend the hard work and collaboration of all involved, specifically the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force who successfully thwarted Ciccolo’s terroristic plot before any lives were lost. We all play a role in safeguarding our country, and this case not only highlights the importance of continued vigilance, but the significance that family, friends, or by-standers can play in reporting threats or suspicious activities.”
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