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The Florida man who pleaded guilty last month to mail multiple defective pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of the President Trump is blaming years of using steroids for the events leading up to his arrest.
In a letter to the U. S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff posted to the bomber’s court file Tuesday, 57-year-old Cesar Sayoc said that he would be abused “heavy amounts of steroids” and used 274 the different supplements and vitamins before he was arrested in late October. In all, he said that he would have abused the steroids for more than four decades.
Sayoc was an attempt to appeal to the court for his August sentencing where he could face up to life in prison.
He said that he never intended to injure anyone when he mailed a 16 improvised bombs CNN offices, and a host of Democrats, including former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the former President Barack Obama, former Vice-President Joe Biden, members of Congress and actor Robert De Niro.
The bombs began to turn around a five-day stretch of weeks for the 2018 midterm elections.
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Sayoc pleaded guilty in March to explosives-related charges, but his lawyers pleading for a milder punishment. She told the court, in a separate letter by a psychiatrist with specialized knowledge of the effects of steroids can have on mental health would be compiling a report on the Sayoc’s steroid use prior to the condemnation date.
Sayoc, who had been living in a van covered in Trump stickers for his arrest, who had previously said that his goal was to “tone down” the liberal-left force platform” that he thought his goals were encouraging.
Because he was imprisoned he claimed to have heard voices and members of various psychological effects, including depression, high anxiety, dizziness and loneliness.
Explaining his crimes, he said that he was never political until he was looking at Facebook on his phone one day when “Donald J. Trump surfaced …”
“I was so wrapped up in this new fun drug,” he said of the Trump rallies in a handwritten letter.
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Now, though, he says he’s sworn off politics, calling it “dirty, ruthless, deadly.”
He continued, “It is a poison. It will fool you want to or not.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.