Pipe bomb mailing suspect indicted on multiple counts
NEW YORK — The Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump was indicted Friday on charges carrying a potential mandatory 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 this week after he was brought to New York.
Sayoc, 56, was arrested Oct. 26 in Plantation, Florida. Authorities said he sent improvised explosive devices to numerous Democrats, critics of Trump 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.
The document said he sent 16 improvised explosive devices though the U.S. mail to victims across the country.
The charges said he aimed to
“kill, injure and intimidate an individual and unlawfully to damage and destroy a building, vehicle, and other real and person property.”
None of the devices — some of which arrived at New York addresses — exploded.
The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff. It was not announced when Sayoc will be arraigned. At that time, he will enter a plea.