Alexander Ciccolo, a former ISIS sympathizer convicted of plotting would-be domestic terror attacks, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.
Ciccolo, 25, of Adams, pleaded guilty in May to four criminal charges in connection with collecting a cache of explosives and weapons in 2015. Prosecutors said he was planning to lodge terror attacks at public places.
He also was charged with stabbing a jailhouse nurse in the head with a pen after his arrest on July 4 of that year.
“He was ready to execute a plan in the name of ISIS in support of his extremist views,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Deepika Shukla told a federal judge.
Although Ciccolo appeared in court in traditional Muslim clothing and refused to comply with court protocol by standing while being addressed by the judge, defense attorney David Hoose said his client has since denounced his loyalty to the terror group.
Following his arrest, Ciccolo gave an interview to an FBI agent which was videotaped and featured him extolling to virtues of ISIS and its high-profile attacks on civilians.
The 20-year-sentence was agreed upon under a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Ciccolo could have faced up to life in prison absent the agreement.
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According to the FBI, Ciccolo attempted to stab a nurse in the head with a pen during a routine screening, “leaving a hole in the nurse’s skin.”
An FBI affidavit said Ciccolo initially planned to travel to “another state” and use a pressure cooker bomb “to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel.” The FBI said the attack location was later changed to a town with a state university and would be concentrated on “college dorms and cafeteria, to include executions of students, which would be broadcast live via the internet.”
According to the affidavit of an FBI agent, the younger Ciccolo recently stated that he is, “not afraid to die for the cause,” and that he characterized America as ”Satan” and “disgusting.”