Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty

Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty

Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty

Sayoc was arrested in late October at a Florida auto parts store.

"I sent all 16 devices with the intent to threaten or intimidate", Sayoc said in court.

He could get life in prison at sentencing September 12 on 65 counts, including 16 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and mailing explosives with intent to kill. None of the devices detonated, and no one was injured.

"I knew these actions were wrong".

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Sayoc's guilty plea had been anticipated since his court docket showed last week that a pretrial conference scheduled for Thursday had been changed to a "plea" hearing. Sayoc had pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Devices were also mailed to CNN offices in NY and Atlanta.

His attorney had entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf in November.

An attorney for Sayoc did not respond to a request for comment.

Sayoc listed the intended recipients of his packages, including former President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, billionaire investor and Democratic donor George Soros, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, actor Robert DeNiro and CNN.

The former strip club DJ/bouncer was one of the first examples of how Donald Trump has been radicalizing far right extremists to the point where they turn to violence in an attempt to silence anyone who speaks ill of their golden calf of a idol.

Cesar Altieri Sayoc is pictured in Ft. Sayoc, who lived in a white van adorned with right-wing political images supporting Trump and denouncing Trump's critics, was apprehended after an intense manhunt. Lauderdale, Florida, US in this August 2015 handout booking photo obtained by Reuters October 26, 2018. He was expected to go to trial in July. Authorities also continued to recover more devices after Sayoc was arrested.

Over several days, investigators tracked the packages to a mail center in Florida.

The packages were intercepted from DE to California.

By that Friday, authorities closed in on Sayoc outside an auto supply store in Plantation, Florida, after finding what Christopher Wray, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, said was a fingerprint on one of the envelopes containing a device.

Prosecutors said the evidence against Sayoc includes DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive devices and fingerprints on two of them.

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