Registered Republican with criminal history appears in court over mail bombs

  • Registered Republican with criminal history appears in court over mail bombs

Registered Republican with criminal history appears in court over mail bombs

Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to critics of US President Donald Trump, appeared in a NY court Tuesday and was ordered held without bail.

Cesar Sayoc made his first court appearance in Manhattan, after being transferred from Florida to New York's federal Metropolitan Correctional Center on Monday.

Dressed in a navy blue prison overalls with his grey hair pulled back and knotted at the back of his head, Sayoc appeared respectful and alert in court.

Cesar Sayoc is scheduled to appear at 10am before US Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger, according to a letter yesterday from the US Department of Justice.

Prosecutors argued to keep Sayoc locked up.

Madeline Sayoc, in a letter sent by her attorney to ABC News, described being "shocked" and "confused" when she awoke from surgery last week and was told her 56-year-old son was accused of the attacks.

A preliminary hearing in the case was set for November 12.

The mailed bombs and the massacre of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue in late October took place against the backdrop of highly charged political campaigns ahead of Tuesday's congressional elections.

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.

Other targets of the improvised explosive devices included former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, among others.

Prosecutors say the laptop also contained addresses for "numerous additional targets.' Those people, whose names have not been made public, have been notified about the threat by the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "While I have not lived with my son for 35 years or even heard from him in over four years, I can not express how deeply hurt, sad, shocked and confused I am to hear that my son may have caused so many people to be put in fear for their safety", Madeline Sayoc wrote, according to excerpts ABC published on Sunday.

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