US Teen pleads guilty to ISIS-inspired plot to assassinate Pope in 2015

WASHINGTON, United States — Santos Colon, a 17-year-old New Jersey teen pleaded guilty Monday to a plot allegedly inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group to kill Pope Francis in his 2015 US visit.

It was on September 27, 2015 — when the Pope celebrated mass outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art to cover the last day visit for the World Meeting of Families that Colon planned on having the Pope shot by the sniper he recruited.

However, Colon inadvertently hired an undercover FBI agent that got him arrested quietly 12 days before the event.

“Colon engaged someone he believed would be the sniper, but in reality was an undercover FBI employee. Colon engaged in target reconnaissance with an FBI confidential source and instructed the source to purchase materials to make explosive devices,” the US Justice Department said.

Colon, who is 17 now, implored a bargain of him agreeing to forego trial and plead guilty as an adult for providing material support to a terror group in exchange of dropping three other charges filed against him; and the prosecutors approved.

According to what the court documents say, Colon sought to carry out the act and used the adopted name Ahmad Shakoor in support of the (ISIS) Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.

Nonetheless, there were no further information on how he had gotten involved and interested in the ISIS group.

Colon’s charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison. His sentencing is expected to be held until 2021 while he’s still in a secure facility undergoing psychiatric treatment.