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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2007 10:00 pm | Updated: 8:34 am, Fri Mar 21, 2014.

A pre-sentence report has recommended that Hamid Hayat, the Lodi man convicted of terrorism last year, spend 35 years in prison.

His defense calls that recommendation "draconian and unfair."

Hamid Hayat

Hayat's attorneys wrote in a six-page response, filed last Friday, that federal sentencing guidelines could instead call for a nine-year sentence. Government attorneys have not yet filed a response.

He is scheduled to be sentenced next Friday and could receive up to 39 years in prison.

Hayat, 24, has been jailed for more than two years, since his June 5, 2005, arrest.

A federal jury last year convicted him of providing material support to terrorists and lying to the FBI.

Hayat's attorneys have argued that he was unfairly subjected to hours of interviews with FBI agents and only told them what they wanted to hear.

In videotaped interviews played for the jury, he denied attending terror training camps in Pakistan, then later said that he saw camps. An FBI agent testified that he never found physical proof that such a camp existed.

Jurors deliberated for nine days before convicting Hayat.

Then a juror came forward, saying the foreman was biased throughout the case and that she was pressured to change her vote to 'guilty.'

U.S. District Court Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., who will sentence Hayat Aug. 10, denied requests for a new trial.

Hayat was one of five men detained after the FBI spend years conducting an undercover investigation in Lodi.

The FBI originally focused on religious leaders in Lodi's Pakistani community, paying an informant to infiltrate the Lodi Muslim Mosque. When he couldn't get close to the leaders, he testified at trial, he befriended Hayat and even encouraged him to "train" in camps.

In June 2005, FBI agents swarmed through Lodi, detaining two religious leaders on immigration violations, along with the 19-year-old son of one of the men. All three ultimately agreed to be deported back to Pakistan, and they were never charged criminally.

Hayat and his father, Umer Hayat, were interviewed for hours and then arrested.

The elder Hayat was charged with two counts of lying to the FBI and a jury ultimately could not reach a verdict.

After accepting a plea deal on an unrelated charge, he has since gone back to work and still lives in Lodi.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 11:28 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2007.


    Well well, I am an atheist and you are religious. It makes me wonder which is the better road ti take. I take the road of logic and reason, and have a wonderful free LIFE. You may take the road to prison and soend your days contemplating or whatever it is that will occupy your tme. I can not forgive terrorists. You will have plenty of time in a safe environment to get a new view on life.

  • posted at 5:21 pm on Mon, Aug 6, 2007.


    contiued: We can say however, in our politically correct response, that due to his core beliefs (not religious) he should NEVER be allowed to have parole. He can never be rehabilitated. How is that PC police? We love Muslims, but they must obey the laws!

  • posted at 5:19 pm on Mon, Aug 6, 2007.


    It is now politically correct to call Umer what he is. A terrorist. Thank you. Now as for theis young man, its doubtful that he can be "rehabiitated" since his motivation seems to have something to do with his core belief system. I don't want him to "feel" bad in prison by thinking that we think iy is do to his religious beliefs. The fact that "Allah Akbar" (god is great) was yelled as other terrorists crashed planes into the world trade center doesn't necessarily imply this act was religiously motivated.

  • posted at 11:04 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2007.


    Shocked that he is still living in Lodi? The Boys and Girls Club of America took up donations for him when he was released ! Good Morning America How Are Ya !

  • posted at 2:38 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2007.


    I am surprised someone can defend this guy and actually feel good about it. I am more shocked to hear that his father is still living in Lodi. What a weak society we have become. It's no wonder why we will be struck again.



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