Boston police captain’s son gets 20 years for terror plot

Terror suspect appears in court

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Boston police captain’s son has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting an Islamic-State group inspired attack on a university.

Alexander Ciccolo  was sentenced Wednesday in Springfield’s federal court.

Ciccolo pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in May, a month before he was scheduled to go to trial.

Ciccolo’s lawyers identified the school in court documents as New Mexico State University.

Harold Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston office, called Ciccolo a “committed soldier” of the Islamic State group who wanted to kill innocent Americans.

Ciccolo’s lawyers say the man had a troubled childhood and dealt with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Boston police Capt. Robert Ciccolo tipped off the FBI after becoming concerned about his son’s violent rhetoric.