Teen pleads guilty in plot to kill the Pope

Santos Colon Jr., 17, of Lindenwold, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on Monday to having masterminded a plan to shoot the Pope during his 2015 visit to Philadelphia.

According to Department of Justice (DOJ) documents and statements made in court, “Colon, a U.S. citizen, admitted that from June 30, 2015, to Aug. 14, 2015, he devised a plan to conduct an attack during the September 2015 papal visit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The plot involved utilizing a sniper to shoot the Pope during his papal mass and setting off explosive devices in the surrounding areas.”

Colon unwittingly contacted an undercover FBI employee whom he instructed to buy materials to make explosive devices. Colon was subsequently arrested in 2015 by FBI agents.

According to the DOJ, Colon faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross amount of any financial gain or loss from the offense.

No date has been set for sentencing.

H/T: Department of Justice

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