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Pipe bomb suspect held without bail after first court appearance

08 November 2018, 06:22 | Darnell Patrick

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Cesar Sayoc, a former male stripper, pizza delivery driver and disc jockey who lived in a white van festooned with right-wing political images supporting Trump and lambasting his critics, faces a maximum penalty of 48 years in prison.

In support of that argument, assistant prosecutors to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman confirmed the November 2 discovery of a 16th explosive device, the second that Sayoc allegedly mailed to Thomas Steyer, the California-based billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist who has criticized Trump.

Cesar Sayoc is scheduled to appear at 10am before US Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger, according to a letter yesterday from the US Department of Justice. Court documents indicate he is charged with transporting explosives across state lines, illegally mailing explosives, threatening former presidents and others, threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officials.

Sayoc will be transferred to NY to stand trial and face federal charges, as per an order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres, according to USA Today.

None of the devices exploded and no one was injured when the packages were intercepted en route to their targets, but the authorities at the time did not hesitate to label the episodes a campaign of terrorism.

He was living in a van covered plastered with stickers of Mr Trump and images of some of the USA president's opponents with red crosshairs over their faces.

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Prosecutors say they will ask a judge to hold Sayoc without bail because he is considered unsafe.

His lawyer has questioned the evidence in the case.

Sayoc is due to return to a federal court on Monday for a preliminary hearing. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.

Prosecutors say the most recent bomb addressed to the liberal activist Tom Steyer was found in California on Friday - the same day that Sayoc appeared at a pre-trial hearing in Miami, Florida.

While Sayoc's attorneys have not commented on his mental health, his mother wrote a letter to ABC News saying he has suffered from mental illness for years. "This is not how I raised him or my children".



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