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Gov signs bill extending terrorist sentences

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:29:42 CDT
By: AP


People convicted in Illinois of attempting to commit terrorism soon may have to serve more of any prison sentence they get. Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a measure requiring that anyone convicted of such crimes serve 85 percent of their sentence. The new law takes effect in January. Under current state law, a prisoner gets one day of good-conduct credit for each day served behind bars. House Bill 5121 was motivated by the Madison County case involving Olutosin Oduwole.   The aspiring rapper was convicted of attempting to make a terrorist threat through some writings found in his car while he attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He was sentenced to five years in prison, although he may be eligible for parole after serving half of that.

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