Will Cesar Sayoc Remain In Jail Until Trial?

Federal prosecutors would like to see a South Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump remain in jail until his case goes to trial.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote that Cesar Sayoc is a danger to the community. Berman says there is "powerful proof that the defendant perpetrated these acts."

Berman also warned that the 56-year-old Aventura man is a flight risk. He would like to see bail denied ahead of Friday's pre-trial detention hearing.

Sayoc is accused of mailing 15 improvised explosive devices to numerous Democrats, Trump critics and media outlets.

None of the bombs exploded, and no one was injured. Still, Sayoc faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges, which were filed in New York.

Berman's letter said forensic evidence found on Sayoc's laptop shows that he researched his targets, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Friday's hearing also will deal with when Sayoc should be moved from Miami to New York to be prosecuted.

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