Cesar Sayoc

Broward County Sheriff's Office

Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Sending Pipe Bombs To CNN, Prominent Dems

March 21, 2019 - 4:44 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Florida man charged with sending over a dozen pipe bombs last year to critics of President Donald Trump pleaded guilty at court in Lower Manhattan.

Cesar Sayoc, 57, had been set to go on trial this summer on a slew of charges including using weapons of mass destruction.

Sayoc spoke almost in a whisper as he went through the process of withdrawing his original plea and then entering a plea of guilty on all 65 counts, WCBS 880's Mack Rosenberg reported. Sayoc will be sentenced in September. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The pipe bombs mailed to figures such as actor Robert De Niro, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama last October raised fears and jangled nerves across the country.

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The bombs were filled with shards of glass, but were not inteded to go off.

"My sense of it is they're crude, they were not supposed to explode, but he's trying to terrorize people by sending something that looks absolutely real," Jerome Hauer, New York's former Homeland Security chief, said at the time.

When he was arrested, Sayoc was living out of a van in South Florida covered in stickers praising President Trump and attacking the media. There were also images of some of the president's opponents with red crosshairs.

The FBI was able to connect the dots through finger prints and DNA found on a package sent to California Representative Maxine Waters.