Suspected Parcel Bomber Headed to Miami Court on Monday


The family lawyer for accused mail bomber Cesar Sayoc said he plans to raise questions about whether Sayoc is mentally sound enough to understand the charges against him at his first court hearing Monday. The package was sent to the Time Warner Center, where CNN's New York City office is located.

At a news conference in Washington, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Sayoc had been charged with five federal crimes, including the interstate transportation of an explosive, the illegal mailing of explosives and making a threat against a former president and others. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and one to former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, sent to CNN's NY address.

A NY federal defender who has also been listed as Sayoc's attorney didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Similar packages addressed to Clinton and Obama were intercepted on their way to Clinton's NY home, where she lives with former President Bill Clinton, and to Washington, where Obama lives with his wife, Michelle Obama.

Sayoc will eventually be prosecuted in Manhattan and could be sentenced to a maximum of almost 50 years in prison if convicted.

He said other packages could still be en route to other recipients before urging people to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

Speaking before his supporters at a North Carolina campaign rally later Friday, Trump called the attempted attacks "terrorist actions" that must be punished "to the fullest extent of the law".

A registered Republican, Sayoc's political views were evident on social media, railing against Democrats, Muslims and liberals in Facebook and Twitter posts.

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Authorities were at that very moment linking DNA found on two bomb packages to a sample that was previously collected by the state of Florida and matching his fingerprints to one from a separate mailing that law enforcement officials said Sayoc sent.

After Monday's hearing, the case is expected to move to a federal court in NY.

Thomas Fiori, a former federal law enforcement officer, said he saw an undercover police officer in a nearby SUV looking at the AutoZone store with binoculars Friday.

The van's windows were plastered with pro-Trump stickers, the slogan "CNN SUCKS" and images of Democratic leaders with red crosshairs over their faces.

Following the arrest, speaking at an event for young black conservatives, Mr Trump said "we must never allow political violence take root in America", saying the country "must unify". One of the 14 explosive packages discovered last week was addressed to Biden.

"The judge looked at him, look at the prosecutor, and they saw this wasn't an individual who doesn't have that capacity and they put him on probation", Lowy said.

All were sent through the Postal Service and intercepted before reaching their intended targets without exploding.