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Indicted Student Sent Back To Jail

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (CN) - A former Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville student who is accused of threatening a murderous rampage on campus is back in jail after he allegedly lied on a form while trying to buy a gun. Olutosin Oduwole, 23, is being held on $1 million bond.

Oduwole was charged in 2007 with making a terrorist threat when SIUE police found a note in his car that allegedly threatened a murderous rampage on a university campus unless $50,000 was put in his PayPal account. The note was found weeks after the Virginia Tech shooting spree, which left 32 people dead.

Police say Oduwole ordered four guns over the Internet shortly before his arrest in 2007. He also faces a misdemeanor count of having a loaded gun in his dorm room and felony counts of theft and computer fraud. His trial has been set for Dec. 8.

Oduwole claims the note was simply rap lyrics he wrote and that he never intended to make a threat.

He has been free on bond since August 2007 after his father posted $100,000 in cash.

One of the conditions of his bail was that he not violate any criminal laws. Police say he falsely answered "no" to a question on a federal form that asked whether he was facing any criminal charge that could result in his imprisonment for more than a year.

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