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Wed Oct 31, 2018, 07:35 AM

Mail bomb suspect had planned attacks since July, had shipping labels to targets saved...

Source: USA Today

Mail bomb suspect had planned attacks since July, had shipping labels to targets saved on laptop, prosecutors say

Christal Hayes, USA TODAY Published 12:34 a.m. ET Oct. 31, 2018

WASHINGTON ó The man accused of sending bomb-like devices to at least 15 high-profile Democratic lawmakers, celebrities and CNN had been planning since at least July, according to a letter filed Tuesday night in federal court.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, was arrested Friday after a string of packages containing explosives were discovered across the country. A letter from prosecutors sent to U.S. Judge Edwin Torres in Miami details some of the evidence against Sayoc and argues he should stay behind bars until his trial, which prosecutors plan to hold in New York.

"The evidence of the defendantís terror campaign is still being collected but is already overwhelming," prosecutors wrote in the letter. "The defendant conducted a domestic terrorist attack targeting at least 15 victims with improvised explosive devices ("IEDs" that he sent to locations throughout the country in padded mailing envelopes."

The letter includes the FBI's recovery of additional packages addressed to CNN's Atlanta office and liberal billionaire Thomas Steyer that were intercepted after Sayoc's first appearance before a judge Monday. It also includes some of the evidence the FBI collected after Sayoc's arrest.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/30/mail-bomb-suspect-cesar-sayoc-planning/1828856002/

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