The son of a Boston police captain has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for planning a terror attack.
In a statement released after his sentencing prosecutors said Ciccolo had used the alias Ali Al Amriki online and had "heeded the call" of the Islamic State terror group to commit a mass-casualty attack.
He had posted on the Facebook page of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev saying: "JUSTICE FOR JAHAR KEEP THE HOPE" The statement says he was planning to attack "a United States university" but gives no detail.
Harold Shaw, who heads the FBI's Boston division, said the 26-year-old had "expressed his desire to engage in acts of violent jihad against our country, and with this sentencing, he will now pay the price for conspiring with a foreign terrorist organisation".
Defence lawyers had argued that their client's history of mental illness and substance abuse had played "a major impact on his ability to think rationally".
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