Two New England men charged in beheading plot to appear in court today

June 19, 2015 14:44

BOSTON - Two New England men are due in court in Boston on Friday for a hearing tied to charges they plotted to help the militant group Islamic State by beheading Massachusetts police officers.

David Wright, 25, of Massachusetts, and Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island, will appear for a detention hearing in US District Court in Boston.Wright was arrested by police in Boston on June 2, the same day that officers shot dead a third man, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, while trying to question him about the beheading plot. Authorities said Rahim, 26, threatened the officers with a knife.

Wright and Rovinski, who was arrested last week, were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State, an offense that carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

Friday's hearing will be Wright's first court appearance since he was charged.

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