Cesar Altieri Sayoc, the South Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump, is headed to New York to stand trial.
Sayoc’s case was transferred Friday from federal court in Miami to the Southern District of New York. Reports indicate the FBI’s New York office has been leading the investigation, and several of the bombs allegedly linked to Sayoc fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.
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Sayoc faces five federal charges in New York and potentially 50 years in prison. His lawyers agreed Friday to skip a bond hearing, according to the Associated Press.
Sayoc, 56, lived in his van in South Florida off and on for years, and his parents live in suburban Aventura northeast of Miami. He is accused of mailing explosives to Trump critics and prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as news media. FBI officials allege he also used the Sunrise office of U.S. Rep. and former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the return address on the packages.
None of the bombs detonated.
Sayoc’s attorney during the Florida proceedings, James Scott Benjamin of Benjamin, Aaronson, Edinger & Patanzo in Fort Lauderdale, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
“We wanted to make sure that all of his constitutional rights were preserved,” Benjamin told the AP after Friday’s hearing. “We feel we’ve done all we can.”