A Boston police captain's son has pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group.
Alexander Ciccolo, 25, of Adams entered his guilty plea this afternoon in the United States federal court in Springfield.
The most emotional part of the hearing was when Ciccolo left the courtroom saying "I love you" to his mother, who sat behind him for the entire hearing.
Ciccolo pleaded guilty Monday to one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, one count of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction, one count of being a convicted person in possession of firearms, and one count of assaulting a nurse during a jail intake process by use of a deadly weapon causing bodily injury.
The charges are related to his 2015 terror plot to attack a state school outside of Massachusetts. Prosecutors did not say which school he plotted against.
"I'm not sure why the government hasn't revealed that, but since they haven't revealed it, I don't think I'm gonna reveal it," said defense attorney David Hoose.
During the hearing, Ciccolo's mother sat quietly behind him, saying "I love you" as they parted ways, but wouldn't say much to Western Mass News and other reporters outside court.
"No comment right now, thank you," said Ciccolo's mother.
As a prosecutor read through the facts of each of Ciccolo's charges, he sat calmly, tucked his hair behind his ear, and stroked his long, scruffy beard - this three years after his arrest.
Prosecutors referenced this taped interview with an FBI informant.
According to prosecutors, from September 2014 until July 4, 2015, Ciccolo posted pro-ISIS videos on Facebook, showing beheadings of non-believers.
They said that Ciccolo also posted support for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013.
They added that he had partially constructed explosive devices and planned to use them in an attack at a university.
Prosecutors said that Ciccolo had four firearms he was prohibited to own, including an AR-15 and two firearms.
The fourth charge - assault with a dangerous weapon - prosecutors said he stabbed a nurse with a pen ten times.
"He no longer supports the group that calls itself ISIS," Hoose added.
Hoose would not tell reporters whether Ciccolo experienced any sort of remorse.
"Nobody's happy about forfeiting 20 years of their life, but he recognized this was the best way to resolve these charges," Hoose noted.
Ciccolo will appear in court for his sentencing in early September.
It's important to note the prosecutor's description today of the explosive devices they said Ciccolo was working to create. They say he used specific materials meant to create a thick mixture that would stick to the skin of his targets and slowly burn them more intensely.
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