Cesar Sayoc, a supporter of President Donald Trump was given 20 years of imprisonment for allegedly mailing crude bombs to prominent Democrats including former President Barack Obama and former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The convict was a one-time pizza delivery man who lived in a white truck plastered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers. Cesar after hearing the judgment in a New York court broke down and wept.
The case triggered the debate about extremism in the Trump era. The case was intensified following two dreadful shootings in Texas and Ohio, killing 31 and injuring dozens of innocent people.
District Judge Jed Rakoff while announcing the sentence said, “The nature and circumstances of the crimes are by any nature horrendous.”
Sayoc was pleaded guilty in March to 65 charges in connection to 16 packages bombs which was sent by him from a Florida post office to leading Democrats and the Manhattan offices of CNN.
The 57-year-old accused admitted that he has made the devices from materials such as plastic piping, a digital alarm clock with electric wiring attached, fireworks and glass fragments.
George Soros, former president Bill Clinton, former vice president Joe Biden, and actor Robert De Niro were also targeted apart from Obama and Clinton. Several Democratic lawmakers, including 2020 presidential hopefuls Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, were also targeted.
However, not any packages exploded and could not reach up to their destinations. But they triggered two-week panic and increased political tensions during the US midterm elections in November 2018. The martial arts practitioner was arrested in Florida and police after discovering fingerprints and DNA on the packages was sure about the convict.