Judge sentences man who sent pipe bombs to Dems to 20 years

Cesar Sayoc South Florida man who sent pipe bombs to Clinton and CNN faces sentencing

Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty to sending a wave of pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump

"In alphabetical order, [his] intended victims were former Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Cory Booker, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN, Robert De Niro, Senator Kamala Harris, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former President Barack Obama, George Soros, Thomas Steyer, and Representative Maxine Waters".

Cesar Sayoc sent 16 rudimentary bombs - none of which detonated - to multiple targets.

"I conclude that Sayoc, though no firearms expert, was capable of making bombs capable of exploding", Rakoff said.

While there is "no dispute" Sayoc's IEDs would not function as designed, they "were risky, capable of causing extensive harm, and responsible for shutting down parts of several major metropolitan areas, including train stations, schools, and postal facilities", according to the memorandum.

"He hated his victims, he wished them no good", Rakoff said.

"Cesar Sayoc has now been sentenced for acts of domestic terrorism that are repulsive to all Americans who cherish a society built on respectful and non-violent political discourse", Demers said.

In their sentencing submission, defense attorneys requested the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, saying their client suffered from mental illness and delusions amplified by decades of steroid use.

Prosecutors had asked Rakoff to sentence Sayoc to life in prison, while Sayoc's lawyers had sought a sentence of 10 years plus one month. He wrote that he believed prominent Democrats were encouraging violence, saying he had been attacked personally - including as he returned to his hotel after attending Trump's inauguration.

Sayoc expressed remorse shortly before the sentencing. Several Democrats seeking to challenge Trump in the 2020 election have connected the president's rhetoric to Saturday's bloodshed.

In March, Sayoc broke down in court as he pleaded guilty to 65 counts, including 16 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction.

Sayoc posted online about some of his targets in addition to support for President Donald Trump and membership to the Seminole Tribe.

"I was aware of the risk they would explode", Sayoc replied. Sayoc, who created a two-week crisis by mailing 16 packages of inoperative pipe bombs packed with fireworks powder and shards of glass to 13 famous Democrats and CNN is scheduled to learn his punishment Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Several other packages were found in the following days, with the final one found on November 2.

Within days, authorities closed in on Sayoc outside an auto supply store in Plantation, Florida, after finding what Christopher Wray, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, said was a fingerprint on one of the envelopes containing a device.

Each of his packages contained a photograph of the intended victim with a red X placed over the face and added "black flags similar in appearance to banners used by ISIS and other foreign terrorist organizations", according to the prosecution. Wray also said there were potential DNA matches connecting Sayoc to some of the devices.

They say he has not fully accepted responsibility and that his claims that his packages were a "hoax" are "simply false".

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