Local "MAGA Bomber" Terrorist Tearfully Pleads Guilty In Federal Court

During his court appearance Thursday Sayoc read aloud a statement and said he

He told U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff that he did not intend for the devices to explode but was aware of the risk that they might.

Sayoc had previously pleaded not guilty, reported NBC News. He was charged in what prosecutors have called the "alleged execution of a domestic terrorist attack" that involved mailing 16 improvised explosive devices to 13 victims throughout the country. Naming recipients of the packages, Sayoc acknowledged that he had created the devices "intended to look like pipe bombs" - using materials that included powder from fireworks - and sent them in the mail.

Cesar Sayoc, 57, admitted in court to having mailed 16 explosive devices to a variety of officials - primarily Democrats, including former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and Sens.

During his arrest, authorities took possession of his van, which was plastered with images of Trump and other images of Democrats with crosshairs on their heads.

Sayoc was initially expected to appear in court for a pretrial hearing, but it was changed to a plea hearing last week, prosecutors said.

The package sent to Biden was found at a postal facility in New Castle, Delaware, while the package sent to De Niro's Manhattan office was called in by a building worker who was anxious about a suspicious package that arrived days earlier.

While none of the devices detonated, Wray said they were "not hoax devices".

Sayoc who became emotional as he wrapped up his remarks apologized and said “I know these actions were wrong
Sayoc who became emotional as he wrapped up his remarks apologized and said “I know these actions were wrong

The charges include five counts of using a weapon of mass destruction, which carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, and five counts of interstate transportation of an explosive.

Sayoc appeared in a courtroom before a USA federal judge in Manhattan where he pleaded guilty, NBC News New York reported on Thursday evening. He had been scheduled to go on trial this summer.

Authorities arrested the suspect in October at an auto parts store in Plantation, Florida, located about 20 miles from Opa-locka, where investigators discovered several suspicious packages in a USA postal facility.

The first package was found on October 22, a Monday, and the investigation and anxiety only grew as more devices were identified in the days that followed.

Others targeted by the mailings included former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen.

Prosecutors said in court papers the explosives were packed with glass meant to "maximize harm to the defendant's victims".

Sayoc, a registered Republican, has a long criminal history.

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