The Madison County State’s Attorney has asked a judge to rule on a request that would require the full bond be paid in order for a terror suspect to go free. Tom Gibbons said he has requested a judge rule that the full amount of $150,000 be paid before 18-year-old Keaun Cook of Godfrey be freed to await trial.
Cook was charged last week with making a terrorist threat and material support for terrorism, both felonies. His bond was set at $150,000, but could be released if just 10-percent is paid, or $15,000. Gibbons told the Big Z last week that authorities were tipped off about a possible threat on August 24, saying Cook made a verbal threat of a mass casualty incident. He said Cook had been in contact with a group outside the United States, but did not name the group. Cook’s family has stated to other media outlets that the young man suffers from mental illness and needs help but is not a terrorist. They said he had been in trouble as a juvenile and served time in the Madison County Juvenile Detention facility, but he recently stopped taking his medication and is not receiving the help they say he should be getting from the state.