Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump critics, CNN

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump critics, CNN

"I'm extremely sorry", he said, speaking so softly that sometimes he was told to repeat himself. Sayoc had pleaded not guilty to those charges.

All of the devices were intercepted before reaching their intended targets, and none exploded.

The van that Cesar Sayoc drove was festooned with stickers that hailed President Donald Trump and attacked his critics.

Sayoc's guilty plea had been anticipated since his court docket showed last week that a pretrial conference scheduled for Thursday had been changed to a "plea" hearing. He was charged with a number of crimes over the years, including theft and battery; in one case, he was accused of invoking the September 11, 2001, attacks while threatening the power company.

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And while law enforcement officials have been pulling over cars with anti-Trump bumper stickers and whatnot, Sayoc was rolling around in a van completely covered in pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers including some of Hillary Clinton and Trump critic Michael Moore in crosshairs. "Between October 22 and November 2, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Service recovered all of the 16 IEDs mailed by SAYOC". Prosecutors said Sayoc began searching for the homes of some people targeted as early as last July and continued into the fall.

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump critics, CNN

William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI's NY field office, said after Sayoc's arrest that he was "attempting to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation from California to the eastern seaboard".

Over several days, investigators tracked the packages to a mailing center in Florida.

While none of the devices detonated, Wray said they were "not hoax devices".

Update 10/26/2018: Native American Trump supporter Ceasar Sayoc was named as the pipe bomb mailer suspect that was arrested in Florida today. Prosecutors said the evidence against Sayoc included DNA that linked him to 10 of the devices and fingerprints on two of them. The devices never posed a threat to their targets because they were so poorly made, officials said.

Similar pipe bomb packages that were en route to the Clintons and the Obamas yesterday (October 24), were intercepted in Delaware and NY on Thursday after they were sent to former Vice President Joe Biden and Robert De Niro. Some, they added, also held shards of glass.

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