The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

Judge sentences man behind package bomb scare

by Hannah Harris
Posted 8/06/19, 11:05 am

A judge sentenced the man who sent 16 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and journalists before last year’s midterm elections to 20 years in prison on Monday. Cesar Sayoc, an amateur bodybuilder from Florida, admitted he sent the bombs but said he didn’t design them to explode. He targeted former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and others. Prosecutors asked the judge for a life sentence.

Why did he do it? Sayoc, an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, blamed a life of mental illness, a childhood sexual assault, excessive use of steroids, and his failure to listen to his mother, “the love of my life.” Sayoc wept and crossed himself when the judge announced the sentence.

Dig deeper: Read WORLD Digital’s coverage of the bomb scare from October 2018.

Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Hannah Harris

Hannah is a WORLD reporter based in Asheville, N.C.

Read more from this writer