A 56-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged in the mailing of pipe bombs targeting prominent Democrats and critics of Donald Trump.
Cesar Sayoc of Aventura, Florida faces charges of illegally mailing explosives, illegally transporting explosives across state lines, making threats against former presidents, assaulting federal officers and threatening interstate commerce.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says if convicted the charges carry a maximum of 58 years in prison.
Meanwhile, FBI Director Christopher Wray says the pipe bombs that were mailed were ”not hoax devices,” that each one contained materials that could react and cause a potential explosion.
None went off and no one was hurt.
Court records show Sayoc, an amateur body builder with social media accounts that disparage Democrats and praise the president, has a history of arrests for illegal steroids possession, theft and one charge of making a bomb threat in 2002.