Mail bomb suspect to appear in NY court today

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The mother of mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc writes that she is estranged from her son but hurt by his alleged attacks, and she calls on the country - specifically, President Donald Trump - to tone down the nasty rhetoric.

The 56-year-old appeared in court wearing a blue T-shirt with his gray hair pulled back in a tight pony tail.

Still, Sayoc faces almost 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges filed in NY.

Cesar Altieri Sayoc, accused of mailing 14 pipe bombs to prominent critics of US President Donald Trump, appears handcuffed in federal court to answer charges against him in an artist's sketch in Miami, Florida, October 29, 2018.

He was ordered to be held without bail as assistant U.S. attorney Jane Kim called him "a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk".

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At the end of the hearing he hugged his lawyer and a preliminary hearing in the case was set for Monday November 12.

Prosecutors released a letter outlining an outstanding list of evidence against Sayoc, including DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive devices and his fingerprints on two of them.

"Packages were addressed to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Sen". Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Assistant prosecutors to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman confirmed another explosive device Sayoc allegedly mailed to California-based billionaire hedge fund manager Thomas Steyer was discovered Friday, USA Today reported.

Prosecutors say he's likely to face additional charges from their ongoing investigation.

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None of the devices exploded, and no one was injured in the pipe bomb scare.

He was living in a van covered with stickers of Trump and showing images of some of the president's opponents with red crosshairs over their faces.

"Yet another suspicious package, addressed to CNN's Atlanta office, was intercepted. three days after Sayoc's arrest".

"My son has been ill for a long time and my family and I have tried, over and over again, without success to urge him to get the help he needs", she wrote.

Sayoc's attorney, Daniel Aaronson, has said that his client intends to plead not guilty to the crimes.

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