Mail bomb suspect to appear in NY court today

Sayoc agreed on Friday to have his case moved to NY.

Cesar Altieri Sayoc, accused of mailing 14 pipe bombs to prominent critics of US President Donald Trump, appears handcuffed in federal court to answer charges against him in an artist's sketch in Miami, Florida, October 29, 2018.

The 56-year-old appeared in court wearing a blue T-shirt with his gray hair pulled back in a tight pony tail.

Sayoc, a registered Republican with a criminal history and reported past as a stripper, initially appeared in court in Miami, before being sent to NY, where charges were first filed in the mail bombing spree.

He seemed calm throughout the 10-minute hearing. Prosecutors plan to argue that he should continue to be held without bail pending trial on criminal charges in connection with the bombs.

Sayoc is accused of sending 15 devices fashioned like pipe bombs to targets including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, billionaire investor-philanthropist Georg Soros, actor Robert De Niro, CNN and others. Sayoc was charged with the mailing of explosives, threatening a former president, making threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officers, according to The Independent.

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Prosecutors say they will ask a judge to hold Sayoc without bail because he is considered risky.

Sayoc, from Aventura, Florida, faces almost 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Law enforcement agents also took possession of Sayoc's van, which was covered in stickers supporting Trump and criticizing Democratic officials. A package was also addressed to the actor Robert De Niro, a harsh critic of Trump.

None of the bombs exploded and no one was injured.

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

The explosive devices were sent through the mail and Sayoc was tracked down based on fingerprint and possible DNA evidence, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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