Berkshire County terror suspect back in Springfield courtroom

Alexander Ciccolo has been held at a maximum security prison

Alexander Ciccolo (Image Credit: The Napanee Beaver)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The court case for a Berkshire County man accused of plotting a terrorist attack and attempting to support ISIS continued in federal court on Tuesday.

Alexander Ciccolo, of Adams, was inside U.S. District Court in Springfield for a motion hearing Tuesday morning.

Ciccolo, also known as Ali Al Amriki, was arrested on July 4, 2015.  Police say he was planning a terrorist attack.

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According to court documents, Ciccolo was plotting an attack with guns and pressure cooker bombs on a college campus.

The day before he was arrested, he allegedly bought a pressure cooker at a Walmart store in North Adams.

Since his arrest, Ciccolo has been held at a maximum security prison in Rhode Island. He was under FBI surveillance since September 2014, after this father told the FBI that his son wanted to go overseas to fight for ISIS.

Ciccolo’s charges include attempting to use weapons of mass destruction, attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

If he is found guilty, he could face life in prison.

In court Tuesday, Ciccolo was not wearing the traditional Muslim headwear that he had worn in previous court appearances, however, he maintained his long beard. His mother was in court, and Ciccolo seemed happy to see her when she first came in, though he appeared disinterested while the prosecution and defense attorneys went back and forth.

The next court date is September 7, and, depending on how Judge Mark Mastroianni rules on a motion, we could see a trial date by the end of the year.

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