Convicted 'eco-terrorist' freed amid claims FBI hid evidence

Jan 9, 2015 10:48 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man considered by the federal government to be a radical eco-terrorist and a threat to the nation has been set free amid claims the FBI hid evidence.

The Sacramento Bee reports that in 2007, Eric Taylor McDavid was convicted of plotting to bomb or torch the Nimbus Dam, a U.S. Forest Service lab and cellphone towers in the Sacramento region.

He was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison in a case touted by the FBI as a success in fighting domestic terrorism. He served nine years and agreed Thursday to plead guilty to one conspiracy count that would have originally earned him a much lesser sentence.

The government conceded that thousands of pages of evidence that should have been given to McDavid's attorney had been secretly held in an FBI file until recently.

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