A New Jersey teen has pleaded guilty to participating in a plot to try to kill Pope Francis in 2015 during a public Mass in Philadelphia, according to a statement by federal prosecutors.
Santos Colon, 17, admitted yesterday in a federal court in Camden, New Jersey, that he attempted to conspire with a sniper to shoot the Pope during his visit in Philadelphia and set off explosive devices in surrounding areas.
Colon engaged with someone he thought would be the sniper from June 30 to August 14, 2015, but the person was actually an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee, according to prosecutors. FBI agents arrested Colon in 2015. A US citizen from Lindenwold, New Jersey, Colon was charged as an adult with one count of attempting to provide material support to terrorists. A conviction could result in up to 15 years in prison. He also faces a fine of $250,000. No date has been set for sentencing. Reuters