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Lodi man freed after terrorism conviction overturned

According Hamid Hayat's attorney, Hayat was freed around 2 p.m. from a federal correction institution in Phoenix.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After more than 14 years in prison on terrorism charges, Hamid Hayat, 36 of Lodi, has been released from prison.

His release comes nearly two weeks after a federal judge overturned his conviction.

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Dennis Riordan, Hayat's attorney, told ABC10 that Hayat was freed Friday around 2 p.m. from a federal prison in Phoenix, 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.

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