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    NorCal Man Released After Terrorism Conviction Overturned

    A California man who spent more than 14 years in prison on terrorism charges has been released from prison, nearly two weeks after a federal judge overturned his conviction. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019)

    A California man who spent more than 14 years in prison on terrorism charges has been released from prison, nearly two weeks after a federal judge overturned his conviction.

    His attorney tells the Sacramento Bee that 34-year-old Hamid Hayat was freed Friday afternoon from federal prison in Safford, Arizona.

    Hayat, a cherry picker from Lodi in California's Central Valley, was accused of plotting an attack on the United States after attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

    He was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 24 years in prison for providing material support to terrorists.

    Hayat proclaimed his innocence and a judge in Sacramento overturned the conviction in July, ruling that Hayat hadn't received a proper defense at trial.