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Pipe Bomb Suspect Scheduled for Court Hearing

Pipe Bomb Suspect Scheduled for Court Hearing

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

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.

U.S. attorney for the Southern District of NY wrote in a letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger that "the evidence gathered to date demonstrates the dangerousness of the defendant and creates significant incentives for him to flee".

He was arrested outside a South Florida auto parts store.

None of the bombs exploded before being intercepted and no one was injured.

He was arrested last month and charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.

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Sayoc allegedly started planning the attacks as early as mid-July while he was living in Florida, prosecutors said in an October 30 letter sent to Florida Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres arguing against bail.

His lawyer has questioned the evidence in the case.

The first bomb discovered was sent to billionaire investor George Soros at his home in New York's Westchester County, and some of the other high-profile targets also live in NY state, including former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Sayoc was being transferred from federal custody in Florida and was expected to arrive in NY ahead of a Tuesday court hearing.

Assistant prosecutors to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman confirmed another explosive device Sayoc allegedly mailed to California-based billionaire hedge fund manager Thomas Steyer was discovered Friday, USA Today reported.

"My son has been ill for a long time and my family and I have tried, over and over again, without success to urge him to get the help he needs", she wrote.