Adams man accused of plotting terrorist attack pleads not guilty

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – The man accused of wanting to launch an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack on U.S. soil was arraigned in federal court Thursday.

Alexander Ciccolo walked into court with a smirk on his face. The arraignment started with him pleading not guilty to all four charges.

The four charges include: Attempted Provision of Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization, Attempted Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Possession of Firearm from a Previous Conviction. He was also charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon Causing Bodily Injury when he allegedly stabbed a nurse with a pen in jail.

His attorney, David Hoose, said the penalties will be extreme, but the case is so complex, it will require time to sort through additional documents.

“There’s just a lot of material and sorting through it and organizing it in a way that’s useful as sort of step one,” he said.

A discussion was held between the judge and attorneys on bringing in a third party on the case.

Ciccolo has been incarcerated for a year. The defense said that even though he wants the case to move faster, a lot of decisions are not made in the city of Springfield.

“I try to move them along as quickly as I can, but the reality is, as I said at some of the earlier court appearances, he was being held on two charges and of a lesser degree of severity,” Hoose said.

Hoose said it’s too early to tell if the charges will be taken to trial, but there will be an initial status conference at 2 p.m. on November 29 where additional documents will be reviewed.

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