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Florida man sentenced for mailing explosives to political figures

Bay Area and California residents among intended targets in domestic terrorism campaign

A 57-year-old Florida man was handed a 20-year sentence Monday after he pleaded guilty in March to 65 felonies for mailing 16 explosive devices across the country last October, including to some Bay Area and California targets, federal prosecutors said.

Between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2, 2018, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Service recovered 16 envelopes containing explosives mailed by Cesar Altieri Sayoc to his victims, including current Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Tom Steyer, as well as former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CNN, among others.

One addressed to Harris, former San Francisco district attorney and state attorney general and current U.S. senator, was intercepted in Sacramento and another intercepted in Burlingame was addressed to Steyer, a former hedge fund manager from San Francisco who has funded a campaign to impeach President Donald Trump.

The envelopes shared the seemingly misspelled return address in "Florids," as well as contents, and an initial forensic analysis located Sayoc's fingerprints on at least 11 of them.

"Sayoc's domestic terrorism challenged our nation's cherished tradition of peaceful political discourse," said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman from the Southern District of New York, where the sentencing took place.

Sayoc had attacked many liberal political figures online since at least 2011, and he posted incendiary comments about some of his victims prior to mailing out his envelopes.

The FBI also found several exhaustive Internet search entries on Sayoc's laptop, including "address kamila harrias," "tom steyers mailing address" and "michelle obama mailing address."

In addition to his prison sentence, Sayoc was sentenced to five years of supervised release.

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8 people like this
Posted by Lauren
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 6, 2019 at 9:50 am

Why is this story up but nothing about the Gilroy shooting.??????? Not one story. For god sake it happened in the same county that we live in. Can anyone answer this.???


7 people like this
Posted by GILROY?? HELLO??
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2019 at 10:41 am

Agree with Lauren, there is NO mention of Gilroy murders on this website, at the hands of a domestic terrorist (motivate by the hateful rhetoric out of our DC leader). Yet there is a story on Gilroy Gardens and tons of sponsored links mentioning Gilroy. You can bet if one of the victims was from an affluent resident of Palo Alto it would be a top story. Are some lives more worthy of coverage than others?

VOTE BLUE 2020, that is the only answer. Spineless Senate won't even pass background checks bill. #DITCHMITCH


2 people like this
Posted by Procession
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 6, 2019 at 10:58 am

There's been a steady stream of these kook being marched off to jail. Good.


9 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 6, 2019 at 11:57 am

^ C'mon guys, we agreed not to give domestic terrorists a media platform to display their endeavors. Especially local. No photos, no headlines, no encouragement for copycats. Like with Caltrain track "incidents". Perhaps we can have some frank discussions with law enforcement this evening at PAPD National Night Out.


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Posted by Toxic anger
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 6, 2019 at 12:05 pm

We also need to talk about angry men
and about toxic masculinity.


6 people like this
Posted by A Moral Compass
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm

A Moral Compass is a registered user.

Quite simply...there are a lot of unidentified angry/disturbed individuals just waiting to step out of their abodes to wreak havoc on the public at large.

While many are 'in waiting' something triggers their actual actions and no MD, psychiatrist or politician can accurately explain the reasons.


8 people like this
Posted by Australian Rules Football
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm

> We also need to talk about angry men and about toxic masculinity.

Cuz other countries don't have that?

Head down to Perth and tell them they're not masculine enough. Let us know how it goes.

> there are a lot of unidentified angry/disturbed individuals

Just like every other country. Give it up.

It's the GUNS.

Y'all been listening to #MoscowMitch again.


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