He was known as an Ashland peace activist. But it was his charity prosecutors said that sent Pete Seda to prison for 33 months.
They accused him of sending 150-thousand dollars from his charity to a Chechnya terrorist group.
Friday a circuit court appellate judge gave Seda a second chance by overturning the 2010 conviction.
"We are quite pleased with the vindication and Seda's innocence."
Seda's attorney Steven Wax says three things played into Friday's decision.
That the prosecution paid a witness, withheld classified information from the defense, and the IRS overstepped their bounds when they searched Seda's home.
We went to the Ashland neighborhood where Seda lived and tried to talk to some of his neighbors but they could't go on camera however we did talk to some people who were familiar with the case and they say justice has been served today
"I knew his brother and I always had a gut feeling he wasn't guilty he was a man of peace and always helped his community."
Seda's future is still uncertain. The U.S. attorney's office could ask for an appeal.
Wax says it's a bitter sweet moment for Seda, while Seda is happy about the ruling, no one can take back all the time he's served already.
Although Seda does not have to serve a sentence or pay the 80-thousand dollars in retribution, he moved today from a half way home to house arrest.