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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Florida man who mailed pipe bombs to Trump critics pleads guilty

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 7:56 PM

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The Florida man who mailed pipe bombs to prominent Democrats critical of President Donald Trump pleaded guilty Thursday in a New York federal court.

NBC News reports Cesar Sayoc, 57, admitted to 65 felony counts, including charges of using weapons of mass destruction.



"I know that these actions were wrong, and I'm sorry," Sayoc reportedly said.

Sayoc was arrested last October in Florida outside a van he was living that was covered in a variety of right-wing political bumper stickers, including one with rifle scope images over the faces of Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, as well as a massive portrait of Trump. The Aventura man also had a criminal history and maintained disturbing social media accounts filled with right-wing conspiracy theories and graphic threats to Trump critics, as well as racist, anti-Semitic and transphobic memes.

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FBI 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. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris; former CIA Director John Brennan; former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; actor Robert De Niro; and liberal billionaire philanthropists George Soros and Tom Steyer.

No one was physically injured by the homemade pipe bombs, though FBI 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.

Before a judge, Sayoc said he "never intended for the devices to explode," but acknowledged they could have been set off, according to NBC News.

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