Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Suspected Mail Bomber Cesar Sayoc Indicted for 30 Felonies

Suspected Mail Bomber Cesar Sayoc Indicted for 30 Felonies

The registered Republican, who has a criminal history and reported past as a stripper, was subsequently flown to NY and appeared in a Manhattan court earlier this week, before the 30-count indictment was unveiled. Sayoc, 56, was arrested on 26 October on five charges carrying a potential sentence of almost 50 years.

A federal court on Friday handed down a 30-count criminal indictment to Cesar Sayoc for threatening injuries to other people, all while violating federal law by mailing the pipe bombs through the U.S. Postal Service and other commercial delivery outlets.

None of the devices - some of which arrived at NY addresses - exploded.

He was charged by a grand jury in Manhattan on Friday following his October 26 arrest in Plantation, Florida.

A lawyer for Sayoc had no comment. He had been living in a van covered with stickers of Trump and showing images of some Trump opponents with crosshairs over their faces. He is being held without bail. Prosecutors said they found searches on a cell phone seized from Sayoc for the home addresses of his alleged targets, as well as pictures of some the victims.

Others targeted by the mailings included former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. A device sent to CNN's NY headquarters and addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan forced the evacuation of the Time Warner Center last month.

Sayoc now stands accused of mailing 16 explosive devices, despite law enforcement officials previously alleging that he sent 11 critics of the U.S. president a total of 13 different devices. A new hearing to arraign Sayoc on the indictment charges has yet to be set. Cory Booker. Packages were also mailed to CNN in NY and Atlanta.

Friday's indictment accuses Sayoc of sending improvised explosive devices to five people in NY: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the 2016 presidential election; billionaire investor and Democratic donor George Soros; former Central Intelligence Agency directors John Brennan and James Clapper; and actor Robert De Niro. At that time, he will enter a plea to the charges.

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