Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Pipe bombs suspect held without bond after first court appearance

Pipe bombs suspect held without bond after first court appearance

The charges against Sayoc were filed in the Southern District of NY.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, appeared at hearing in NY on Tuesday accused of mailing more than a dozen explosive devices to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert De Niro, CNN and others.

The 56-year-old appeared in court wearing a blue T-shirt with his gray hair pulled back in a tight pony tail.

He seemed calm throughout the 10-minute hearing.

Cesar Sayoc is scheduled to appear at 10am before US Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger, according to a letter yesterday from the US Department of Justice. His only responses were "Yes, sir" and "100 percent". Prosecutors are still determining whether Sayoc had the necessary skills to successfully build a bomb that could detonate on its own, or if he meant to send the bombs out to forge a divide and heighten political tension.

Sayoc allegedly started planning the attacks as early as mid-July while he was living in Florida, prosecutors said in an October 30 letter sent to Florida Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres arguing against bail.

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Sayoc's lawyer, Sarah Baumgartel, didn't fight the request and may make an application for bail at a later date.

Sayoc faces almost 50 years in prison if convicted.

Sayoc has been accused of mailing 16 pipe bombs, some of which were sent to former president's Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire financier George Soros and CNN. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Law enforcement agents also took possession of Sayoc's van, which was covered in stickers supporting Trump and criticizing Democratic officials.

All of the bombs were sent through the U.S. postal service but none exploded and no one was injured.

"Yet another suspicious package, addressed to CNN's Atlanta office, was intercepted. three days after Sayoc's arrest".

Investigators identified Sayoc as the only suspect in the mailings after recovering a fingerprint from one of the manila envelopes and a possible DNA match from two of the homemade pipe bombs.

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