Florida Man Receives 20 Years for Mailing Pipe Bombs to Democratic Figures
A Florida man who mailed 16 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to members and supporters of the Democratic Party was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Cesar Sayoc (pictured), 57, faced the possibility of a life sentence; however, he received the shorter term and five years of supervised release on August 5. Sayoc sent packages in October to 13 targets that included current and former government officials, political supporters, and a news media network. Prosecutors said each IED contained explosive powder from fireworks, shards of glass, and pool chemicals, while the outside had a photograph of the intended victim with a red “X” over their face. All the packages were intercepted by the FBI and US Postal Service before reaching the intended recipients, including US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. Authorities arrested Sayoc on October 26 and found a list of addresses that matched labels used on the envelopes while searching his laptop. Sayoc also made threatening comments online since at least 2011 about some of the individuals he targeted with the IEDs. Sayoc pleaded guilty on March 21 to 65 felony counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation of an explosive, conveying a threat in interstate commerce, illegal mailing of explosives with intent to kill or injure another, and carrying an explosive during the commission of a felony.
Union County Man Arrested After 15 Guns, Chemicals for Explosives Found at Home
A man from Clark was charged with third-degree creating false public alarm after police discovered weapons and bomb-making materials at his residence. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office said that Robert Willis, 52, called an emergency dispatcher on August 5 and stated police were needed at his home later that day because somebody planned to commit acts of violence there. The Clark Police Department responded and seized 12 long guns, three handguns, ammunition, fireworks, and materials and chemicals that could be used to manufacture explosives during a search of the residence. Willis was not present, but authorities in central New York arrested him at a relative’s home without incident, prosecutors said. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed.
Milwaukee Man Sentenced to 66 Months in Plot to Join ISIS
A Milwaukee man who assisted in another man’s attempted travel to join and fight for ISIS received a sentence of five and a half years in prison on August 7. Yosvany Padilla-Conde, 32, pleaded guilty on April 22 to helping Jason Ludke, who wanted to be part of the terrorist organization in Syria or Iraq. As the two men communicated with undercover FBI agents they believed were ISIS recruiters, they planned on driving to Mexico in hopes of evading US authorities before Ludke would fly to the Middle East. Instead, law enforcement arrested them near San Angelo, Texas, on October 5, 2016, as they headed toward the Mexican border. At the request of an undercover agent and Ludke, Padilla-Conde also made videos in which he swore his allegiance to ISIS and expressed his intention to join ISIS overseas. Padilla-Conde, who faced a maximum sentence of 20 years, will serve 10 years of supervised released after his prison term. Ludke was sentenced to seven years in prison in February after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS.