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A Florida amateur body builder who admitted sending inoperative pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and CNN was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday by a judge who said he concluded that the bombs purposely were not designed to explode.
Assistant Federal Defender Marcus Amelkin said his client was driven in part by his obsession with President Donald Trump and his feeling that Democrats were to blame for damage to his van, which was plastered with Trump stickers and images of crosshairs superimposed over the faces of Trump opponents.
Explaining his crimes, he said he was never political until he was looking at Facebook on his phone one day when “Donald J. Trump popped up ...”
He likened attending a Trump rally to a newfound drug.
“I was getting so wrapped up in this new found fun drug,” he said in one handwritten letter.