Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

"I know these actions were wrong and I am sorry", he told the court, in a barely audible, choked voice.

He had initially pleaded not guilty, but will now avoid going to trial. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and possibly as much as life behind bars at his scheduled September 12 sentencing.

Sayoc was arrested October 26 outside an auto-parts store near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Sayoc listed the intended recipients of his packages, including former President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, billionaire investor and Democratic donor George Soros, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, actor Robert DeNiro. None of the devices detonated, and no one was injured.

The van that Cesar Sayoc drove was festooned with stickers that hailed President Donald Trump and attacked his critics. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

After Sayoc was arrested, Trump said he "did not see my face on the van" and acknowledged: "I heard he was a person who preferred me over others". Pressed on the criticisms, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Sunday that it was "absurd" to connect Trump's statements with the New Zealand manifesto. The man was confiscated by USA authorities on October 26, 2018, during the investigation into a series of parcel bombs sent to critics of Trump.

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

CNN's NY bureau was evacuated in October after the discovery of a package with an explosive device addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, officials said. Prosecutors said Sayoc began searching for the homes of some people targeted as early as last July and continued into the fall.

No one was physically injured by the homemade pipe bombs, though Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said each device consisted of roughly six inches of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, wiring, and "energetic material" capable of exploding if exposed to heat, shock or friction.

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

Update 10/26/2018: Native American Trump supporter Ceasar Sayoc was named as the pipe bomb mailer suspect that was arrested in Florida today. The devices never posed a threat to their targets because they were so poorly made, officials said.

Sayoc mailed 16 improvised explosive devices to 13 targets around the United States, including 11 current or former USA government officials, the U.S attorney's statement says. Some, they added, also held shards of glass.

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