SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Berkshire County accused of plotting an ISIS-inspired terror attack was not in U.S. District Court in Springfield Wednesday, for another hearing in his case.
Alexander Ciccolo of Adams pleaded not guilty back in July to charges of assault and illegal possession of a firearm. Court documents claim Ciccolo wanted to attack an unnamed university. The documents also allege that he purchased a pressure cooker at the North Adams Walmart store one day before his arrest on July 4.
Ciccolo was arrested after he received four guns he ordered from a government witness. Prosecutors also say Ciccolo stabbed a nurse with a pen at the Franklin County Jail in Greenfield.
Wednesday, prosecutors said that they were going over forensic evidence from items seized from Ciccolo, such as computers. They are also hoping to go over his phone records at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where the suspect has been held since his arraignment in July. Prosecutors said that they will not bring further charges against Ciccolo until they are able to go through all this evidence.
22News spoke with Ciccolo’s attorney, David Hoose, who was in court on Wednesday. Hoose said that his client is doing well for a 23 year-old who has been incarcerated for the first time. He said that it will be difficult to sway a jury in this case, especially in light of recent tragedies such as the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino mass shooting. “It’s going to be very difficult to seat a jury,” says Hoose. “So sure, for obvious reasons, we wish these things didn’t happen, but when you’re in the position that I am, defending Mr. Ciccolo, it goes double.”
After his arrest last summer, Ciccolo declared his support for ISIS, on video.
Another hearing in the Ciccolo case is scheduled for February 10, where lawyers will determine the status of their cases.