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South Florida Man Who Mailed Homemade Pipe Bombs Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Elizabeth Williams
Associated Press
A courtroom sketch from November 2018 shows Cesar Sayoc, who pleaded guilty in New York to sending bombs to media figures and critics of President Trump.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff sentenced South Florida man Cesar Sayoc to 20 years in prison for making and sending 16 pipe bombs to political targets last fall. 



Sayoc, 57 years old and resident of Aventura, was sentenced at a hearing in New York City Monday afternoon.

The one-time stripper and pizza delivery man apologized to his victims according to the Associated Press, saying he is “so very sorry for what I did.”

According to the charges, Sayoc mailed homemade pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump including  CNN, Hilary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and several members of congress, including South Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 

None of the devices Sayoc allegedly mailed exploded. The sentence of 20 years was more than the minimum possibility of 10 years, but less than the life sentence that federal prosecutors were asking for. 

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The FBI and officers from the NYPD arrested Sayoc outside of an AutoZone store in Plantation last October. In March, he pleaded guilty to 65 felonies, including the use of weapons of mass destruction and interstate mailing of explosives.