Cesar Sayoc Indicted On Charges Carrying Potential Life Prison Penalty

Cesar Sayoc Indicted On Charges Carrying Potential Life Prison Penalty

Sayoc faces five counts of each of the six charges: use of a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive, threatening interstate communications, illegal mailing of explosives, use of explosives to commit a felony, and use of a destructive device during and in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Alleged targets included George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, Rep. Maxine Waters, Sen.

Between Oct. 22 and November 2, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Service recovered all 16 padded manila envelopes containing IEDs, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors followed through on a promise to upgrade the charges with an indictment that led with the five original counts, alleging use of a weapon of mass destruction.

No one was injured.

None of the devices exploded.

The indictment called for Sayoc to forfeit all assets used to conduct or hide the alleged crimes - and called for similar forfeiture by "any entity or organization engaged in planning or perpetrating" the alleged mail bomb spree.

Sayoc, 56, was charged with offenses related to his alleged execution of a "domestic terrorist attack" last month, officials said. They said they had linked him to fingerprint and DNA evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's crime laboratory recovered from some of the packages. Sayoc was held without bail, after being arrested outside a south Florida auto parts store.

Sayoc appeared in a NY court on Tuesday.

A new hearing to arraign Sayoc on the indictment charges has not yet been set. The following morning, a string of similar packages were discovered across the country, including one which was found in the mailroom of CNN's midtown headquarters.

Sayoc was estranged from his Filipino and Italian relatives and was living in his van while holding a series of jobs as a food delivery person and disk jockey, investigators said.

Sayoc, a 56-year-old former stripper and pizza delivery driver who lived in a white van festooned with right-wing political images supporting Trump and attacking his critics, was arrested in Florida on October 26 following an intense manhunt.

That office was used as the return address on the packages containing the pipe bombs, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The laptop also has a file with the address in Sunrise, Florida, of the office of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

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