MAGAbomber Cesar Sayoc makes first appearance in New York federal court without wearing any handcuffs and is ordered to be held without bail
- Cesar Altieri Sayoc, 56, was ordered to be held without bail on Tuesday
- On Election Day he made his first appearance in federal court in New York
- He wore blue jail scrubs and no handcuffs or shackles to his 12-minute hearing
- U.S. Attorney Jane Kim deemed him ‘a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk’
- He was transferred from federal custody in Florida to New York as his charges are filed there because several of his explosive devices were found in the state
- He faces five federal charges and could spent up to 48 years in jail if convicted
- He’s due back in court on Monday November 12
Cesar Altieri Sayoc, 56, was ordered to be held without bail at his first federal court appearance in New York on Tuesday
MAGAbomber Cesar Altieri Sayoc, who is accused of mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats, has made his first appearance in federal court in New York.
The 56-year-old former stripper and pizza delivery man, was ordered to be held without bail following his court appearance on Tuesday, where Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Kim deemed him ‘a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk’.
His hearing was just 12 minutes-long and he presented himself as polite and soft-spoken before the judge, responding ‘Yes, sir’ to his questions.
He appeared in court wearing a navy blue jail scrubs with his hair in a gray pony tail. He did not wear handcuffs or shackles.
He told U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger that he understood his rights ‘100 per cent’ but seemed surprised when the Judge announced he was charged with assaulting federal officials, among other counts.
Prosecutors released a letter outlining an outstanding list of evidence against Sayoc, including DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive devices and his fingerprints on two of them.
He was polite and soft-spoken in the Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, in a court sketch above raising his arm to swear the truth. He wore navy jail scrubs and his gray hair pulled back in a pony tail
Cops guarded the entrance to the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse ahead of Sayoc’s 12-minute hearing on Tuesday
He faces five criminal counts and could spent up to 48 years in jail if convicted
U.S. Attorney Jane Kim deemed him ‘a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk’ during the hearing and his preliminary hearing in the case was set for November 12
Lawyers also had records of the online searches Sayoc had on his laptop and cellphone for addresses and photos of his targets.
Some of those targets included former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.
Prosecutors added that the most recent crude bomb was recovered on Friday in California and addressed to liberal activist and billionaire Tom Steyer.
After seeing the letter, his lawyers didn’t seek his release on bail.
At the end of the hearing he hugged his lawyer and a preliminary hearing in the case was set for Monday November 12.
Last week he appeared in federal court in Miami where he shed tears and was given given five federal felony charges including assaulting a federal officer, interstate transportation of an explosive, Illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former Presidents and other persons, threatening interstate communications.
From Florida he was transferred to federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on Monday night.
He faces five federal charges in New York, as some of the devices were recovered there. If convicted, he could spend a maximum of 48 years in jail.
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Sayoc was arrested on October 26 in connection with at least 16 explosive devices sent to critics of Donald Trump including the Obamas, the Clintons, and CNN
Cops found him staying in his ‘Trump-mobile’ van covered in pro-Trump and anti-liberal stickers. After arresting him, authorities confiscated his van
One of Sayoc’s package bombs addressed to former CIA head John Brennan at CNN pictured
Prosecutors say he’s likely to face additional charges from their ongoing investigation.
Sayoc was busted after he mailed out at least 16 package bombs in manila envelope to liberal figures including the Clintons, the Obamas, billionaire George Soros, and Robert Deniro.
THE FIVE FELONY CHARGES CESAR SAYOC FACES
Assaulting a federal officer
Interstate transportation of an explosive
Illegal mailing of explosives
Threats against former Presidents and other persons
Threatening interstate communications
Since his arrest, a package was found sent to billionaire Thomas Steyer on Friday and prosecutors said it was the second one Sayoc allegedly mailed to him, bringing the mail package bomb total to 16, according to CNN.
None of those bombs exploded and no one was injured by the scare.
He was arrested on October 26 in Fort Lauderdale outside auto parts store where he was living in his ‘Trump-mobile’ car plastered with anti-liberal and pro-Trump stickers.
Sayoc’s lawyers are yet to comment on his mental health.
Madeline Sayoc told ABC in a letter that her son struggled with mental illness for ‘a long time’.
‘While I have not lived with my son for 35 years or even heard from him in over four years, I cannot 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,’ she said.
‘This is not how I raised him or my children,’ she added.
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