NEW YORK (AP) – A Florida man pleaded guilty to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks with no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. Cesar Sayoc, 57, sobbed as he entered the plea before a federal judge in New York.
"I'm extremely sorry," he said, adding that he never did. intended for the devices to explode.
He could get life in prison at sentencing Sept. 12 on 65 counts, including using weapons of mass destruction and mailing explosives with intent to kill. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped to a mandatory life sentence.
Sayoc was accused of sending rudimentary bombs – none of which detonated – to 16 targets, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, several members of Congress, form President Barack Obama and actor Robert De Niro. Devices were also mailed to CNN offices in New York and Atlanta
The bombs started turning up weeks before the hotly contested midterms, contributing to an already tense political environment.
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