Trump supporter pleads guilty to sending bombs to Democrats

24 March, 2019, 00:48 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • During his court appearance Thursday Sayoc read aloud a statement and said he

A Florida man accused of mailing pipe bombs to a number of prominent Democrats and Trump critics, as well as CNN, has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in NY.

Cesar Sayoc entered the plea Thursday before a federal judge in NY.

Sayoc is accused of sending packages containing explosive devices to numerous Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Congresswomen Deborah Wasserman Schultz and Maxine Walters, as well as to the corporate media outlet CNN.

The bombs began turning up weeks before the hotly contested midterms, contributing to an already tense political environment.

Cesar Sayoc, 57, who was arrested in Florida in October, pleaded guilty to 65 counts and could face life imprisonment at his sentencing in September.

Sayoc, who lived in a white truck plastered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers, was arrested in Florida five days after the first device was discovered in Soros's upstate NY mailbox.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, who attended the plea proceeding, said in a statement afterward that he was grateful nobody was hurt by the devices, but added that Sayoc's "actions left an air of fear and divisiveness in their wake".

Each device, Sayoc said, consisted of a plastic pipe with a digital alarm clock and attached wires.

Sayoc who became emotional as he wrapped up his remarks apologized and said “I know these actions were wrong
Sayoc who became emotional as he wrapped up his remarks apologized and said “I know these actions were wrong

The van that Cesar Sayoc drove was festooned with stickers that hailed President Donald Trump and attacked his critics. "I'm extremely sorry", Sayoc said, as quoted by The Washington Post.

Court records last week indicated that Sayoc was expected to plead guilty. "Sayoc has taken responsibility for his crimes, and will soon be sentenced to significant time in prison".

"What would prevent, for example, powder from fireworks from exploding?" the judge asked.

Authorities say the former stripper sent 14 mail bombs to former Secretary of State Clinton, De Niro and Soros, as well as to the CNN headquarters in NY.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials alleged Sayoc mailed improvised explosive devices to Obama; Clinton; former Vice President Joe Biden; former Attorney General Eric Holder; U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters; U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen.

Over several days, investigators tracked the packages to a mail center in Florida.

Prosecutors say evidence against Sayoc included DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive devices and fingerprints on two of them.


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