SACRAMENTO - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a new trial for a Lodi man convicted last year of training at a Pakistani terrorist camp.
Hamid Hayat, 24, faces up to 39 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 10. Defense attorneys said they will appeal.
U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. said in a 59-page ruling that reports of alleged misconduct and prejudicial statements by the jury foreman were not credible.
Instead, Burrell said there is evidence that jurors "thoroughly and thoughtfully deliberated regarding Hayat's guilt or innocence."
Burrell also rejected defense objections that jurors were misled by an FBI undercover informant who at one point testified, incorrectly, that he saw a top leader of al-Qaida on the streets of Lodi.
Hayat was convicted in April 2006 of lying to federal agents when he denied attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan in 2003. He also was convicted of providing support to terrorists by attending the camp, then returning to the U.S. intending to conduct a holy war.
U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said in a statement that the case shows "our region's unyielding efforts to protect against future terrorist attacks on domestic soil."
Defense attorney Wazhma Mojaddidi said she was "extremely disappointed" but believes Hayat will be vindicated on appeal.