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 ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' 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 BrennanFormer intelligence chiefs slam Trump for removing officials Ex-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community DOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT MORE, who is a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders 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.