NEW YORK — The Fil-Am Trump supporter who sent out pipe bombs wrapped in Manila envelopes pleaded guilty to criminal charges on Thursday, in connection with mailing bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump.
57-year-old Cesar Sayoc entered his guilty plea before US District Judge Jed Rakoff in a federal court in Manhattan on Thursday.
Sayoc, also known as Cesar Randazzo or Cesar Altieri, pleaded guilty to 65 criminal charges that include: using a weapon of mass destruction, use of explosives to commit a felony, illegal mailing of explosives with an intent to kill or injure, and transporting explosives across state lines.
When Sayoc was arrested last October, authorities recovered a white van covered with pro-Trump stickers and pictures of targetted Democrats with crosshairs on their faces.
Sayoc admitted in court that his bombing campaign included 16 bombs sent to targets like presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other Trump critics.
Other targets include high profile Democrats who are now running for president, such as senators cory booker of new jersey and Kamala Harris of California and possible contender former vice president Joe Biden.
Thankfully, none of the devices detonated.
Sayoc was born in New York City. His mother was Italian and his biological father was Filipino, and his parents separated when he was a young boy.
Sayoc was estranged from his Filipino and Italian relatives and was living in his van while holding several jobs which included being a food delivery person and DJ.
He was expected to go on trial in July, but instead he is now facing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and sentencing is set on September 12.