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State Appeals Overthrown Conviction in Threat Case

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois prosecutors are asking the state's Supreme Court to hear their appeal of an aspiring rapper's overthrown conviction.      

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office filed the appeal Wednesday on behalf of prosecutors in Madison County. That's where Olutosin Oduwole  was convicted in 2011 of trying to threaten a murderous college rampage. He was sentenced to five years in prison.     

A state appellate court last month tossed that conviction, ultimately freeing Oduwole. That panel ruled prosecutors failed to prove Oduwole actively tried to convey a threat through a slip of paper found in 2007 in his abandoned car at a college he was attending.      Prosecutors say the appellate court usurped the jury's role. Oduwole's attorney says he'll urge the Supreme Court to decline the case.

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