Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty
- Author: Jon Douglas Mar 24, 2019,
Mar 24, 2019, 0:46
"I'm extremely sorry", Sayoc said. Sayoc had pleaded not guilty to those charges.
He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and is set to be sentenced on September 12.
"In alphabetical order, SAYOC's intended victims were former Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Cory Booker, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN, Robert De Niro, Senator Kamala Harris, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former President Barack Obama, George Soros, Thomas Steyer, and Representative Maxine Waters". He told U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff that he did not intend for the devices to explode but was aware of the risk that they might.
Lesley Abravanel Cesar Sayoc's van.
His van became a prominent symbol online after his arrest, adorned with images of Trump and criticisms of Trump's foes, including several of the individuals who authorities said were targeted by the packages. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.
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. 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.
"For five days in October 2018, Cesar Sayoc rained terror across the country, sending high-ranking officials and former elected leaders explosive packages through the mail", Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, said in a statement.
William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI's NY field office, said after Sayoc's arrest that he was "attempting to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation from California to the eastern seaboard". Though he said he never meant for the devices to explode, he conceded he knew they could.
Over several days, investigators tracked the packages to a mailing center in Florida.
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.
Update 10/26/2018: Native American Trump supporter Ceasar Sayoc was named as the pipe bomb mailer suspect that was arrested in Florida today.
Prosecutors say evidence against Sayoc included DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive devices and fingerprints on two of them.