Illinois appeals Olutosin Oduwole overturned conviction

12:54 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - The Illinois Attorney General's Office filed a petition with the State Supreme Court this week to appeal an overturned conviction of an SIU Edwardsville student accused of plotting a massacre on campus.

A Madison County jury convicted Olutosin Oduwole, 27, in October 2011 of attempted making a terrorist threat and unlawful possession or storage of weapons in a public supported building. He was sentenced in December 2011 to five years in prison.

Oduwole was charged in July 2007 after authorities searched his abandoned vehicle and discovered a note threatening a "murderous rampage" similar to what had occurred at Virginia Tech earlier that year if people did not send money to his PayPal account. Prosecutors said police later found a loaded .25-caliber handgun in Oduwole's apartment on the SIUE campus, as well as evidence he ordered three identical .380-caliber semi-automatic handguns and a .45-caliber semi-automatic firearm, and was waiting for those guns to be delivered. Investigators said they found Oduwole had made a short video containing similar threats.

Oduwole's defense attorney said his client was an aspiring rapper and that the threatening note contained lyrics and other writings.

In March, the 5th District Appellate Court overturned the conviction, stating prosecutors effectively failed to prove Oduwole tried to convey a credible threat to the university.

The Illinois Supreme Court will now decide whether or not to review the case.


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