By Rachel Terry
Advocate News Staff
Deyondri M. Joy, a former student of Greenville University, recently arrested and charged with making terrorist threats, has pleaded guilty in Bond County Circuit Court.
According to the Bond County State’s Attorney’s office, Joy, of Centralia, entered a plea of guilty to two charges of Falsely Making a Terrorist Threat, which took place at Greenville University on Feb. 14 and 15. Joy was sentenced to 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for each charge, with the sentence to be served concurrently, followed by mandatory supervised release. By agreement of the parties, Joy was recommended to the Illinois Department of Corrections impact program. If successfully completed, his sentence could be reduced to 12 to 18 months. The remaining two charges of Making a Terrorist Threat were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Joy admitted to sending two threatening letters that were found on the Greenville University campus, containing threats made towards Black students on campus. The Greenville Police Department and Bond County Sheriff’s Department responded to the initial report and the Illinois State Police assisted in the investigation.