Hero Cop's Son Gets Sentenced For ISIS Terror Plot
Alexander Ciccolo, who went by the name Ai Al Amriki, was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty in May to terrorism charges. He admitted to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction, among other charges.
It was his father, Capt. Robert Ciccolo, who alerted authorities after he said his son stated he wanted to join the Islamic State group.
Ciccolo, 26, was arrested in July 2015 after purchasing four guns from someone who was cooperating with the FBI. Prosecutors said he also planned to use homemade bombs similar to the pressure cookers used in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon attack. Ciccolo was seen buying a pressure cooker shortly before his arrest.
He also posted a photo of his Facebook page of Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the words, “JUSTICE FOR JAHAR KEEP THE HOPE,” prosecutors say.
Law enforcement described the younger Ciccolo as a "committed soldier" for the terror group and someone devoted to inflicting "maximum damage" upon American citizens.