ALTON, IL (KMOX) – A bill requiring those convicted of terror crimes in Illinois to spend more time behind bars has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn.
The sponsor, Senator Bill Haine of Alton, says he was inspired by the case of an Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville student who left a threatening message in his car on the school parking lot.
“This statute requires attempted terrorism to be 85% prison time, not day to day,” Haine said.
Olutosin Oduwole, 26, was an aspiring rapper and student at SIUE who insisted he was only sketching out lyrics when he wrote what authorities call a note threatening a Virginia Tech-like “murderous rampage.” Authorities say they also found ammunition in his car and a loaded handgun in his on-campus apartment.
A jury deliberated for less than four hours last October before convicting Oduwole of attempting to make a terrorist threat. The jurors in Madison County also found Oduwole guilty of unauthorized possession or storage of a weapon.
Haine, a Democrat, says during the next session he’ll try to get the death penalty restored in Illinois.