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Judge Orders Pipe Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Held Without Bail

Judge Orders Pipe Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Held Without Bail”

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.

Sayoc, whose father was Filipino and mother was Italian, faces charges for allegedly mailing more than a dozen explosive devices to prominent Democrats, critics of President Donald Trump and CNN.

As U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger asked Sayoc routine questions, he remained soft-spoken and polite.

Sayoc was arrested outside a vehicle parts store in his home state on 26 October.

Sayoc made his first court appearance on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan following his transfer from Florida. Sayoc was charged with the mailing of explosives, threatening a former president, making threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officers, according to The Independent.

But Sayoc's attorney, federal defender Sarah Baumgartel, told the hearing he would not make an application for bail at this point.

His lawyers decided not to seek his release on bail after prosecutors released a letter outlining more evidence against him, including DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive devices and fingerprints on two of them.

The 56-year-old, born in Brooklyn, is accused of sending 15 pipe bombs to Democratic targets, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.

Sayoc was due to arrive in NY on Monday after waiving his right to a bond hearing in Miami on Friday.

"Yet another suspicious package, addressed to CNN's Atlanta office, was intercepted. three days after Sayoc's arrest".

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

"Although the Government's investigation is ongoing, the evidence gathered to date demonstrates the dangerousness of the defendant and creates significant incentives for him to flee", prosecutors wrote.



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