A man accused of sending at least 14 pipe bombs to prominent Democratic leaders and critics of President Donald Trump has been formally charged with five federal crimes in Miami, according to The Independent.
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. The charges against Sayoc were filed in the Southern District of NY.
Sayoc's lawyers have found it in his best interest to have the hearing in NY instead of staying in Miami. He wore navy blue jail scrubs and a gray pony tail.
Sayoc, 56, appeared before a Manhattan federal court for just a few minutes.
He was arrested last month and charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.
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Other evidence includes online searches Sayoc did on his laptop and cellphone for addresses and photos of some of his intended targets, which included former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen.
But Sayoc's attorney, federal defender Sarah Baumgartel, told the hearing he would not make an application for bail at this point. Prosecutors are still determining whether Sayoc had the necessary skills to successfully build a bomb that could detonate on its own, or if he meant to send the bombs out to forge a divide and heighten political tension. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.
"Packages were also addressed to billionaire George Soros (whose Open Society Foundations has supported NPR in the past) and billionaire donor Tom Steyer, who is financially supporting a campaign to impeach Trump".
None of the devices exploded, and no one was injured in the pipe bomb scare. Cory Booker. Packages were also mailed to CNN in NY and Atlanta. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, matching labels found on the packages Sayoc allegedly used to mail the explosive devices.