Cesar Sayoc: South Florida man pleads guilty in pipe-bomb mailings

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 17:53:06-04

NEW YORK (AP) — A South Florida man, charged with sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty Thursday.

Cesar Sayoc sobbed as he entered the plea before a federal judge in New York.

"I'm truly sorry," he said.

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He faces the possibility of a life sentence on 65 criminal counts, including using weapons of mass destruction and illegal mailing of explosives with intent to kill.

Sayoc had been scheduled to go on trial this summer on charges that he mailed rudimentary bombs to 16 targets, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, several members of congress, former President Barack Obama and the actor Robert De Niro.

Devices were also mailed to CNN offices in New York and Atlanta.

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Following a four-day nationwide manhunt, FBI agents arrested Sayoc in Plantation, Florida. They also seized his van, which was covered in pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers.

WPTV and the Associated Press contributed to this report.