The Madison County State's Attorney is seeking an appeal of a ruling by the Illinois Appellate Court in the case of an alleged threat made on the SIU-Edwardsville campus by a now former student. 27 year old Olutosin Oduwole was released from state prison in Jacksonville on Monday after the Appellate Court last week overturned a Madison County Court conviction from 2011.
Tom Gibbons is calling on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to file a petition with the Illinois Supreme Court to overturn the Appellate Court that ruled there was not enough evidence to convict Oduwole in the case. Oduwole (pictured) was accused of planning a "murderous rampage" on the SIUE campus in 2007 after police reportedly found a threating note in his vehicle. A subsequent search of his apartment allegedly turned up three handguns. Oduwole has maintained the words on the piece of paper were lyrics to a rap song. The Appeals Court ruled there was not enough evidence to show Oduwole intended to carry out any threat, and threw out the conviction of attempting to make a terrorist threat and of unlawful possession or storage of weapons in a public supported building. He was sentenced to five years in jail, but was set to be released next year.