Yesterday an Illinois appeals court overturned the conviction and 5 year sentence of Olutosin O. Oduwole or as I refer to him Triple O. Oduwole was arrested back in 2007 when police found a threatening note in his abandoned car on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The note said…
“if this account doesn’t reach $50,000 in the next seven days, then a murderous rampage similar to the VT shooting will occur at another highly populated university. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!”
This was mere months after the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. His defense was that this was part of a rap that he was writing and was not an actual threat. It didn’t help that Oduwole was under investigation by federal authorities for trying to illegally obtain firearms. In 2011 he was sentenced to 5 years behind bars after being convicted of making the threat against the school.
The appeals court overturned the conviction and sentencing stating that the police found the note under the car’s center console and there was no envelope or stamps found along with it basically stating that there was no intent to send the threat to anyone.
Oduwole has already served the time for the illegal firearm charge. Prosecutors have stated that they may appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Personally I believe that Oduwole had intended to make a threat against the school but it is also possible that he had changed his mind. I’m not saying he’s an angel obviously but if the evidence does not support the charges than he has to be let go.
I’m in the process of trying to catch up on stories that I’ve fallen way behind on due to other stories taking precedence or because of my real life responsibilities and this is one of them. It deals with 18-year-old Sammie Chavez who was arrested for plotting a school shooting attack against Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Chavez was arrested on the same day as the Newtown tragedy but before that shooting took place. You can see my original post on Chavez here.
Not too long after his arrest back in December Chavez’s mother came out to the media saying that her son would never plan any such kind of violence.
Jessie Chavez said her son has symptoms of possible mental illnesses – including depression, bipolar disorder and multiple personalities – and had been seeing a therapist. She believes that the thought came during a fleeting swing in emotions.
“Deep down, I don’t think my son would have done this,” she said. “That’s not my son. My son laughs and makes jokes. He’s always pulling pranks.”
If her son does in fact have deep seeded mental issues such as MPD then she has my sympathy however let’s take a look at the evidence.
Police allege that Sammie Chavez attempted to recruit other students Dec. 12 to help him lure people into the school’s auditorium, where he said he would open fire after chaining the doors and placing bombs to detonate when police arrived.
A court affidavit says Chavez used school computers to research pipe bombs and the Columbine High School mass shooting.
Police later seized a Marlin 99 M1 .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle from his home, as well as journals, notes, drawings, photographs of students cut out of a newspaper, two swords, a set of brass knuckles and marijuana.
This sounds far from prank to me.
However this does open the argument about mental healthcare and the rights of the individual in this country. If someone is criminally insane and a potential danger to the public around them there’s not a whole lot anyone can do until that person actually acts on those impulses.
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy President Obama entrusted Vice President Biden with heading up a gun control task force. Now before you get your hackles up this post is neither about politics nor gun control so save it for your Facebook. Anyway Vice President Biden should have done better screening on some the task force’s members.
One of the members is one Thomas Nee, head of the Boston police union and President of the National Association of Police Organizations. Thomas Nee is also the father of Joe Nee. Nee was convicted back in 2008 for plotting an attack against Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Mass. But wait, it gets better.
Nee wasn’t the first person to be arrested for the plot. That would be Tobin Kerns. Nee himself went to police to implicate Kerns in the plot. It wasn’t until an outcry in the community that Nee was arrested. To this day Tobin Kerns is one of only two people who I believe were unfairly convicted of plotting a school shooting.
As the story goes Nee was a known Columbine sympathizer going as far as wearing a t-shirt with the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold on it that said remember the heroes. Thomas Nee had even thrown his son out of his house for unknown reasons and was taken in by the Kernses. All the evidence found in the plot was found in the room that Nee was staying in. I’m not going as far to say that Nee received special treatment because of his dad but if it walks like a duck. He even served less time than Kerns.
The last time we heard from Joe Nee he was trying to get his conviction overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He was not successful. Local rumor had it that Nee was trying to get his conviction overturned so he could become a Boston cop. The same city where his dad just happens to be the head of the police union. Not only would that be blatant nepotism but he would be basically letting a dangerous psychopath into a job where he’s given guns and power. Not the smartest move in the world.
Let’s also not forget about Thomas Nee’s other son Edward Nee. He was arrested back in 2011 for allegedly crashing a party, punching a man in the face, kicking the man while he was on the ground and held a girl by the throat and punched her in the face. At the time of that arrest he was out on bail for allegedly breaking into cars.
My point is how does Tom Nee keep getting these lofty positions when his sons are criminals and he supposedly tried to get one of them on the same police force he works at where he happens to be head of the union? I’m not saying he’s a dirty cop but a lot of his past actions tend to fall on the shady side.
Police in Russell County, Alabama have arrested 17-year-old Derek Shrout for allegedly planning a bomb attack at Russel County High School. A teacher found his misplaced journal that supposedly contained his plans and contacted police. Shrout said that the journal was a work of fiction but when police searched his house they say they say they found dozens of chewing tobacco cans with BBs in them for shrapnel and holes drilled in them for fuses. They say the only thing that was missing were black powder and fuses. Two things that are not actually hard to obtain but these bombs couldn’t be any more redneck than if he made Molotov cocktails with Bud bottles.
Before anybody jumps on the bullying bandwagon you can probably put the bandwagon back in the garage. Shrout is an admitted white supremacist. Police say that he was targeting six students and a teacher although there’s no information on why they were being targeted yet. Investigators also say that they believe Shrout may have been convinced to act after what happened in Newtown but I’ll reserve my personal judgment on that. If Shrout was bullied he probably deserved it for being a racist douche.
UPDATE 1/8/2013:Shrout has been released on $75K bond. Sleep well Alabama. Shrout has been ordered to wear an ankle monitor and must be supervised while on the internet. Any bets on if Shrout tries to lose the ankle monitor?
In wake of Friday’s tragedy In Newtown a lot of people were left asking how can a tragedy like this be prevented, in the majority of cases they are. For example on prior to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary an 18-year-old named Sammie Chavez was arrested for allegedly plotting a school shooting at Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Chavez was arrested early Friday morning on charges of threats to kill which is a felony in Oklahoma. According to local police Chavez allegedly tried recruiting others in to assisting in his plot and threatened to shoot them if they did not assist. They say he planned to have the auditorium chained shut then begin shooting then he would detonate bombs when the police arrived. Reports also say that Chavez had told a teacher that he had recently purchased a .45. Other students supposedly told police that they saw Chavez researching Columbine. It’s also been reported that he was trying to obtain diagrams of the school as well.
So while we’re praying and thinking of the victims in Newtown let’s also pray for and thank the countless number of investigators and law enforcement that stop tragedies like Newtown from happening in the first place.
On my last post about Cano even I thought a year would have been fine since the kid is a full-blown idiot and would have been lucky if he didn’t trip over his own ineptitude trying to carry out his master plan.
Imagine my surprise last week when I read that he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Am I saying that he should get a reduced sentence? Not at all. It’s finally nice to see a judge who takes these things seriously without falling into the ‘think of the children’ trap.
Cano had this to say prior to his sentencing…
“I don’t want to be the bad guy. I want to be the good guy. The state ain’t gonna make an example. They’re gonna put me in prison. Let me make an example. I had a bad life. Let me change it around and do something good, not bad. Don’t make me the poster child for something evil. Let me be the poster child for something good. Let me do right. Give me a chance to do something right. To make my family proud. I don’t want all these people to think I’m crazy, trying to kill everybody. I want people to look at me as someone who was wrong and changed… and did something right.”
Too late scarecrow, you had that opportunity before you planned to kill as many people as possible at your school. Now you’ll have to wait for 15 years to change.
A few weeks ago the cell phone video of convicted Freedom High School plotter Jared Cano was released. In it he talks about his plans to attack the Tampa high school. Most of the local media call it a chilling video. Chilling is not exactly the word I would use. I would call it more comical than anything.
In the video Cano sounds exactly like the loser stoner hick that he is. With his badly scrawled out plans and bold talk he comes off as just another loser who blames his own shortcomings on everyone else but himself. In my opinion there was absolutely no way he would have even been remotely successful in his plot.
I can see why he’s only looking at a year in jail now. He was a loser at this just like he’s a loser at everything else.
Future career criminal Jared Cano, 18, has pleaded no contest to plotting to blow up Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida. A then 17-year-old Cano was arrested in August of 2011 when police were tipped off by another kid. Cano was found to be in possession of bomb making materials. Police were already aware of Cano since he had previous run ins with the law for such things as possession of a firearm, drug possession, burglary and altering the serial numbers of a firearm. So this is no wayward teen we’re talking about.
A no contest plea means that he doesn’t plead guilty but believes that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him. Cano was charged as an adult and faces sentencing in December.
Cano is only looking at a year according to his defense attorney and since he’s already spent more than a year in jail he’ll probably get time served.
He’ll be back. The only question is when and how many victims will he have.
Last week police in Palma de Mallorca, Spain arrested 21-year-old Juan Manuel Morales Sierra for allegedly plotting a bomb attack at the University of the Balearic Isles. Surprise, surprise kids. It turns out he’s a full-fledged mutant. Police say they found the usual journals and web ramblings proclaiming his admiration for the cowardly scumbags Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. He even named his plan “Columbainero”. Once again originality is not the mutants’ strong point.
Morales was no mere mutant though. While he was thwarted at every attempt to purchase firearms, legally or otherwise, that didn’t stop him from procuring over 300 lbs. of explosives that he planned on using to plant shrapnel bombs all over the campus. Luckily Spanish authorities were already on to him at that point and arrested him when the explosives were delivered.
Speaking of the campus Morales didn’t even attend UIB. He learned electronics from a trade school and made money playing online poker. However he bitched about hatred towards society and the university students. Once again another coward who wanted to take out his own failings on the innocent.
If he thought the university students were bad I can’t wait to see what he thinks of his new cellmates.
For lack of a better term 18-year-old Dallin Todd Morgan was the lackey in a plot to bomb Roy High School in Roy, Utah. He was the Dylan Klebold to 16-year-old Joshua Kyler Hoggan’s Eric Harris. The plot was to detonate a bomb at school and then escape on a stolen aircraft.
Hoggan had even flown commercially on his own accord to Columbine High School to interview Frank Deangelis under no one’s authority. For his role in the plot Hoggan only received 6 months in juvie and will be out next month if he’s not out already. Hoggan’s story was that he was trying to show the school how lax security was. When arrested he even bragged that he was smarter than the Columbine cowards. Apparently the courts bought it since he only got 6 months and was not charged as an adult.
Morgan was mostly the cheerleader in this duo. For his role he was sentenced to 105 days in jail since he’s 18. I really have no problem with this sentence because it appears once you remove the influence of his cohort he seems to revert to a relatively normal teen. The problem I do have is that someone as dangerous as Hoggan was not charged as an adult, will have no record and will be released back out into the public.