Ac­cused bomber may face life term

The Daily Courier - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — The Florida man ac­cused of send­ing pipe bombs to prom­i­nent crit­ics of U.S. Pres­i­dent Donald Trump was in­dicted Fri­day on charges car­ry­ing a po­ten­tial penalty of life in prison.

The 30-count in­dict­ment against Ce­sar Sayoc was handed up in Man­hat­tan fed­eral court, where Sayoc made an ini­tial ap­pear­ance ear­lier this week af­ter he was brought to New York.

Sayoc, 56, was ar­rested Oct. 26 in Florida on five charges car­ry­ing a po­ten­tial sen­tence upon con­vic­tion of nearly 50 years.

Au­thor­i­ties said he sent im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices to nu­mer­ous Democrats, crit­ics of Trump and CNN.The scare height­ened ten­sions be­fore the cru­cial midterm elec­tions, but he was ar­rested within days.

Pros­e­cu­tors fol­lowed through on a prom­ise to upgrade the charges with an in­dict­ment that led with five counts al­leg­ing use of a weapon of mass de­struc­tion. The doc­u­ment said he mailed 16 im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices though the U.S. mail to vic­tims across the coun­try.

None of the de­vices — some of which ar­rived at New York ad­dresses — ex­ploded.

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