The man who allegedly mailed 16 improvised explosive devices (IED) to high-ranking Democrats, and others who have vocally opposed President Donald Trump, was indicted Friday and faces charged of using weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
"Cesar Sayoc allegedly targeted former high-ranking officials such as President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others, as well as CNN, by sending explosive packages to them through the U.S. Postal Service", said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.
Sayoc was arrested in connection to the mail bombs in Plantation, Florida, on October 26th.
"He faces life in prison", spokesman Nicholas Biase of the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of NY told NPR. He had previously faced five counts carrying a maximum prison sentence of 48 years.
The charges focus only on the IEDs sent to George Soros, Robert De Niro, Hillary Clinton, James Clapper and John Brennan, the indictment said.
Outside the NY area, Sayoc is also accused of sending other pipe bombs to former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden and others.
The federal charges against Cesar Sayoc "include the use of a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation of explosives, illegal mailing of explosives and threatening interstate communications", ABC News reports.
Devices were sent to targets in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Delaware, California and Atlanta.
Update 10/26/2018: Native American Trump supporter Ceasar Sayoc was named as the pipe bomb mailer suspect that was arrested in Florida today. They also identified him by studying his social media accounts, analyzing the contents of the posts as well as their misspellings. Authorities also said they found Internet searches for victims' addresses on his cell phone. "He now faces justice from a nation of laws", Berman said. He is being held without bail.
Sayoc was initially to appear in court three days ago.
The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff.
Sayoc's attorney, federal defender Sarah Baumgartel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.