Mail bomber suspect to be held without bail

Mail bomber suspect to be held without bail
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The man suspected of sending 14 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats around the country and CNN was charged and ordered to be held without bail during a courtroom appearance Monday.

Reuters reports that the suspect, Cesar Sayoc Jr., will appear in court again Friday.

Sayoc was visibly emotional during his brief Monday court appearance, according to CNN, which reported that his face repeatedly turned red as he teared up.

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Sayoc was charged on five federal counts and could receive up to 48 years in prison if convicted on all of them, according to the news outlet.

The suspect has a lengthy criminal history, including multiple instances of threatening people with bombings, dating back to the 90s. In one instance, he allegedly threatened to blow up Florida Power & Light, while complaining about his utility bill to a customer service representative.

Everyone he allegedly targeted in last week's attempted bombing was a prominent progressive or critic of the current administration. 

That included former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE, former President Obama, and progressive donor George Soros.

Sayoc also allegedly sent a bomb to CNN's offices in New York City, addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Brennan: Russian election interference 'changed the mind of at least one voter' Brennan responds to Trump tweet with advice for diplomats, intelligence agents and 'other courageous patriots' MORE, who is a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE has called for unity and greater civility in political rhetoric since the bombings.

"We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America," he said.