Alleged Pipe Bomber Cesar Sayoc Pleads Guilty
Alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc entered a guilty plea Thursday after being accused of subjecting multiple high-profile Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump to pipe bomb scares in 2018.
Sayoc had previously pleaded not guilty, reported NBC News.
“I know that these actions were wrong and I’m sorry,” Sayoc said as he entered his new plea in front of a federal judge in Manhattan. (RELATED: Woman Who Climbed Statue Of Liberty To Protest Trump Sentenced To 5 Years Probation)
The 57-year-old Florida man could spend the rest of his life in prison after allegedly making more than a dozen IEDs from PVC pipes packed with explosive material and shards of glass. He’s accused of sending them to national figures, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The package scares occurred in October 2018.
A federal grand jury charged Sayoc on a 30-count indictment in November 2018. The charges include five counts of using a weapon of mass destruction, which carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, and five counts of interstate transportation of an explosive. Each of the latter counts could mean 20 years in prison.
Sayoc was living in a van “plastered with stickers praising Trump and attacking the media” when he was arrested in Florida, reported NBC News.
The intended recipients of the package included:
- Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris
- Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters
- Former President Barack Obama
- Former CIA director John Brennan
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- Billionaire George Soros
- Former director of national intelligence James Clapper
- Actor Robert De Niro
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder
- Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
- Billionaire activist Tom Steyer
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