A Florida man accused of sending 16 pipe bombs last month to critics of President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty yesterday in US federal court in New York to all counts.
Cesar Sayoc, age 56, is an avowed Trump supporter and registered Republican. He could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on all counts, according to federal prosecutors.
Sayoc’s targets ranged from former president Barack Obama and former vice president Joe Biden to Trump’s presidential rival Hillary Clinton, actor Robert De Niro and billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
None of the bombs exploded and most were not delivered to their intended recipient.
According to AFP News agency, US federal judge Jed Rakoff set a trial start date of July 15, 2019.
The charges against Sayoc include five counts of use of a weapon of mass destruction, five counts of interstate transportation of explosives, and five counts of threatening interstate communications.