Fil-Am mail bomber says he didn't intend to hurt anyone

TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2019 03:45 AM

Cesar Altieri Sayoc is pictured in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, US in this August 2015 handout booking photo obtained by Reuters October 26, 2018. Broward County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters

A Filipino-American who pleaded guilty in March to criminal charges in connection with the mailing of bombs to critics of US President Donald Trump has claimed that he didn't intend to hurt anyone.

Cesar Sayoc sent a letter to Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan federal court, saying "extreme emotional circumstances" influenced his answer when asked if the explosive devices would cause harm.

He said his intention was only to intimidate and scare the recipients, which include prominent Democrats, such as former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

His statement came 2 days after pleading guilty to criminal charges, which include using a weapon of mass destruction, mailing explosives with an intent to kill or injure, and transporting explosives across state lines.

Sayoc said he didn't have a full understanding of what to say and answered under extreme emotional circumstances. 

He is estranged from his Filipino and Italian relatives and was living in a van while holding several jobs. His van was covered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers.

Sayoc, a part-time pizza deliveryman, grocery worker and former stripper, was arrested in October after a four-day manhunt.