More charges laid against U.S. mail-bombing suspect
New York federal prosecutors on Friday brought new charges against Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man accused of mailing bombs to prominent Democrats and other critics of U.S. President Donald Trump.
In an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors charged Mr. Sayoc with 30 criminal counts, including multiple counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and interstate transport of explosives.
Mr. Sayoc’s lawyer, federal defender Sarah Baumgartel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. If convicted, the 56year-old faces a sentence of life in prison. He had previously faced five counts carrying a maximum prison sentence of 48 years.
Mr. Sayoc, a former stripper and pizza delivery driver who lived in a white van festooned with right-wing political images supporting Mr. Trump and attacking his critics, was arrested in Florida on Oct. 26 following an intense manhunt. He is being held without bail.
Friday’s indictment accuses Mr. Sayoc of sending improvised explosive devices to five people in New York: former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, whom Mr. Trump defeated in the 2016 presidential election; billionaire investor and Democratic donor George Soros; former Central Intelligence Agency directors John Brennan and James Clapper; and actor Robert De Niro.
Authorities had previously linked Mr. Sayoc to more than a dozen mail bombs around the United States. Other targets included former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, former vice-president Joe Biden and Democratic U.S. Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.