Ce­sar Sayoc hit with 30-count in­dict­ment in pipe bomb case

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WASH­ING­TON — Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in New York on Fri­day se­cured a 30-count in­dict­ment against the man ac­cused of mail­ing pipe bombs to prom­i­nent Democrats and crit­ics of Don­ald Trump across the U.S., bring­ing charges more se­vere and more nu­mer­ous than those he pre­vi­ously faced.

Ce­sar Sayoc, 56, who had been liv­ing out of a van in Aven­tura, Fla., faces a pos­si­ble sen­tence of life in prison based on the charges, in­clud­ing five counts of us­ing a weapon of mass destruc­tion, five counts of il­le­gal mail­ing of ex­plo­sives and five counts of threat­en­ing in­ter­state com­mu­ni­ca­tions and other sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions.

His next court ap­pear­ance was not im­me­di­ately sched­uled.

Au­thor­i­ties have said they be­lieve Sayoc is re­spon­si­ble for mail­ing 16 pos­si­ble ex­plo­sive de­vices to peo­ple con­sid­ered foes of the pres­i­dent, in­clud­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton, for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder, lib­eral bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros and oth­ers. Sayoc was ar­rested last month and charged with five counts. Even af­ter he was in taken into cus­tody, au­thor­i­ties con­tin­ued to re­cover pack­ages they be­lieve he sent through the mail.

None of the de­vices ex­ploded, al­though the FBI said they were not hoaxes.

Sayoc cov­ered the van he lived in with pro-Trump stick­ers and de­cals of the pres­i­dent’s op­po­nents with tar­gets over their faces.

The FBI con­nected Sayoc to the de­vices via fin­ger­prints and a pos­si­ble DNA match, au­thor­i­ties said. His at­tor­ney in Florida, where he first ap­peared in court, has called the ev­i­dence “flimsy.”

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