Registered Republican with criminal history appears in court over mail bombs

Prosecutors are still determining whether Sayoc had the necessary skills to successfully build a bomb that could detonate on its own, or if he meant to send the bombs out to forge a divide and heighten political tension.

Prosecutors told a judge that Sayoc, reportedly a rabid supporter of Trump and white nationalism, presents a flight risk and is a serious danger to the public.

Sayoc has been accused of sending improvised explosive devices to numerous Democrats, Trump critics and media outlets in a scare that heightened tensions before the crucial midterm elections, happening the same day as his court appearance. "Accordingly, the defendant should be detained pending trial".

None of the devices exploded and no one was injured when the packages were intercepted en route to their targets, but the authorities at the time did not hesitate to label the episodes a campaign of terrorism.

The 56-year-old was recently extradited to NY from Florida, where he was arrested October 26 at an auto parts store.

If convicted, he faces almost 50 years in federal prison.

"This is not how I raised him or my children", Madeline Sayoc wrote in her letter.

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He was arrested a week ago outside a South Florida auto parts store in a van in which he had been living, a vehicle covered with stickers of Trump and showing images of some of the president's opponents with red crosshairs over their faces.

Sayoc is accused of sending 15 devices fashioned like pipe bombs to targets including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, billionaire investor-philanthropist Georg Soros, actor Robert De Niro, CNN and others.

Investigators say they also found copies of return labels with the misspelled name of Democratic Rep.

The explosive devices were sent through the mail and Sayoc was tracked down based on fingerprint and possible DNA evidence, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Prosecutors have said Sayoc is likely to face additional charges and penalties from their ongoing investigation.

Sayoc's attorneys haven't commented on his mental health.

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