Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who sent pipe bombs to CNN and prominent Democrats last fall, was sentenced on Monday to 20 years in prison.” data-reactid=”19″ type=”text”>On Monday, the Florida man who sent pipe bombs to CNN and prominent Democrats last fall, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty in March to mailing 16 explosive devices to targets including George Soros, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, Robert De Niro and former vice president Joe Biden. Sayoc also sent packages to CNN, one of which was intercepted at a postal facility. No one was injured.
Federal prosecutors sought a sentence of life in prison, arguing he had an extensive criminal history and had shown no remorse for his actions. Sayoc had threatened many of the intended victims on social media as early as 2016.
In court in New York, Sayoc apologized for his actions, saying: “Now that I am a sober man, I know that I was a sick man. I should have listened to my mother, the love of my life.” However Judge Jed Rakoff sentenced Sayoc to 20 years in prison, and granted a defense request that he recommend the sentence be served in Florida.