New York federal prosecutors on Friday brought new charges against Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man accused of mailing bombs to prominent Democrats and other critics of U.S. President Donald Trump.
In an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors charged Sayoc with 30 criminal counts, including multiple counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and interstate transport of explosives.
If convicted, he faces a sentence of life in prison. He had previously faced five counts carrying a maximum prison sentence of 48 years. Sayoc’s attorney, federal defender Sarah Baumgartel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The New York Post reports:
The indictment charges him with with five counts each of use of a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation and receipt of explosives, threatening interstate communications, illegal mailing of explosives, use of explosives to commit a felony, and use of a destructive device during and in furtherance of a crime of violence.
His fingerprint allegedly was picked up on two of the envelopes he sent. Sayoc, 56, who drove around in a white van decorated with pro-Trump stickers and red crosshairs over some of his rivals, including Hillary Clinton, was recently extradited from the Sunshine State to New York to face charges.