SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The son of a Boston police captain charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus in support of the Islamic State, the group heads to trial next year.
A federal judge last week scheduled a 25-year-old Alexander Ciccolo (chih-KOH’-lohz) trial to begin June 18.
Ciccolo, of Adams, was arrested in July 2015 after receipt of the guns from a federal informant. Prosecutors say that he was planning to detonate home-made bombs similar to the pressure cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack.
He pleaded not guilty to charges including attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Ciccolo’s lawyer has said in court filings the government plan to hide the identity of the witnesses has hampered his ability to build a defense.
Ciccolo’s mother said that her son “would not hurt a fly.”