Pipe bomb charges could lead to life sen­tence

Belleville News-Democrat - - News - BY LARRY NEUMEIS­TER

The Florida man ac­cused of send­ing pipe bombs to prom­i­nent crit­ics of 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, Trump crit­ics and CNN. The scare height­ened ten­sions be­fore the 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.

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