An American man charged with mailing pipe bombs to high-profile Democratic politicians and other critics of U.S. President Donald Trump makes his first appearance Tuesday in federal court in NY.
Cesar Sayoc, 56, appeared at hearing in NY on Tuesday accused of mailing more than a dozen explosive devices to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert De Niro, CNN and others.
Sayoc has been accused of sending improvised explosive devices to numerous Democrats, Trump critics and media outlets in a scare that heightened tensions before the crucial midterm elections Tuesday.
None of the devices exploded and no one was injured.
Authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc, a staunch Trump supporter, in Plantation, Florida, on October 26 in connection with the series of mail bombs ― none of which detonated.
At the time of his arrest, he was living inside a van decorated with images of Trump and anti-Democrat stickers.
Sayoc faces up to 48 years in prison if he is convicted of the five charges that were filed in NY because some of the bombs were recovered there.
Prosecutors intend to ask that he be detained until trial, based on the flight risk and the danger he allegedly poses to the community.
The 56-year-old appeared in court wearing a blue T-shirt with his gray hair pulled back in a tight pony tail. He appeared taken aback, however, when Lehrburger noted that Sayoc is charged with assaulting federal officials, among other counts.
At the end of the hearing he hugged his lawyer and a preliminary hearing in the case was set for Monday November 12. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.
The released court papers restate what authorities thought all along -- despite the bombs being crudely fashioned, they were in fact risky and sent out with the intention of detonation and causing maximum harm, according to The New York Times.
Prosecutors added that the most recent crude bomb was recovered on Friday in California and addressed to liberal activist and billionaire Tom Steyer.
Sayoc was due to arrive in NY on Monday after waiving his right to a bond hearing in Miami on Friday.
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