Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. pipe bombs suspect appears at court hearing

U.S. pipe bombs suspect appears at court hearing

Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, prosecutors said as they released new details on another explosive device he allegedly mailed to a critic of President Donald Trump.

The 56-year-old will appear in federal court in downtown Manhattan at noon ET, according to a letter from federal prosecutors to Judge Robert Lehrburger.

Sayoc's lawyers have found it in his best interest to have the hearing in NY instead of staying in Miami.

He appeared in court last week in Miami, where he had not yet entered a plea to charges of five federal crimes - 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.

Prosecutors are expected to argue that Cesar Sayoc, who was transferred from federal custody in Florida, is too unsafe to be released on bail.

He is accused of mailing at least 15 pipe bombs to several high-profile Democrats, including former President Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Assistant Federal Defender Sarah Baumgartel declined to comment after the hearing, in which Sayoc presented himself as polite and soft-spoken and responded "Yes, sir" to the judge's questions.

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He was arrested a week ago outside a South Florida auto parts store in a van in which he had been living, a vehicle covered with stickers of Trump and showing images of some of the president's opponents with red crosshairs over their faces.

If convicted, he faces almost 50 years in federal prison. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.

None of the devices exploded before being intercepted and no one was hurt.

Just days after CNN was sent a mail bomb, Trump tweeted that the "fake news media" are the "true enemy of the people".

Prosecutors say the most recent crude bomb was recovered last Friday in California, addressed to liberal activist Tom Steyer.

Sayoc's mother, Madeline Sayoc, sent a letter to ABC News that was published Sunday, stating he has struggled with mental health for much of his life.

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