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The man accused of sending a lot of mail bombs to prominent Democrats around the country last year entered a guilty plea in New York federal court on Thursday.
Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty of all 65 counts against him. He was accused of using a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation of explosive, the transfer of threat in the trade, illegal mailing of an explosive with intent to kill or injury, and the carrying of an explosive during the commission of a crime.
In accordance with a plea agreement, he faces life in prison with an additional 120 months.
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Sayoc, a 56-year-old, who lived in Aventura, Florida, was accused of mailing explosives to more than a dozen goals last year. Among them included liberal billionaire George Soros, the former President Barack Obama, former Vice-President Joe Biden and former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Devices were also mailed to CNN offices in New York and Atlanta. None of the devices will ultimately exploded.
Authorities arrested the suspect in October at an auto parts store in Plantation, Florida, is located approximately 20 miles from Opa-locka, where the researchers discovered a number of suspicious packages in a U. S. postal facility.
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During his appearance Thursday, Sayoc read out a statement and said he “made with devices that are designed to look like a bomb and sent through the mail. He sent 16 devices, e-mailed from South Florida, “with the intent to threaten or intimidate.”
Sayoc, who was emotional as he packed his comments, apologized and said: “I know these actions were wrong.”
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The question of the judge whether he had planned to use the devices “to explode,” Sayoc said, “no, sir.”
The court Sayoc sentencing date for Sept. 12.
Fox News’ Tamara Gitt, Lissa Kaplan, Maria Paronich, Jennifer Earl, Barnini Chakraborty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.