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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Southern Illinois student convicted of terror threat found in his car

A former Southern Illinois University student has been convicted of making a terrorist threat after police found a note in his car, reportedly demanding $50,000 or there would be a Virginia Tech-style shooting on campus. The authorities produced other evidence that helped make the case, one juror told the Belleville paper:

On Thursday night, Alton Police Detective Michael Bazaar, who is a member of the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force, found a previously undiscovered file on one of the computers seized from Oduwole's apartment after his arrest.

The Microsoft Movie Maker file, deleted in June 2007, contained a caption with similar language as the note but with a demand for $200,000 and stated more people would die than during the massacre at Virginia Tech University that occurred on April 16, 2007.

The file was found on Oduwole's girlfriend's computer, which he had borrowed. He also had her set up a PayPal account for reasons unknown to her.

"The little note itself wouldn't have done it," the juror said.

The defense had argued the note was actually notes for a rap song.

Hat Tip: Many thanks, Mad Keith!

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