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After 24 years, man to be freed in Pa. arson case

August 20, 2014
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An elderly man who has spent 24 years in prison for his daughter's fire-related death is set to be released, weeks after his Pennsylvania conviction was overturned.

Lawyers say Han Tak Lee will be released Friday on bail while prosecutors decide whether to appeal this month's ruling.

Lee has been serving life-without-parole in his mentally ill daughter's death at a Pocono Mountains religious retreat in 1989.

Lee, a former New York City store owner, calls the fire accidental. A U.S. appeals court ordered a review that found much of the "arson science" used at trial is now considered flawed.

Pennsylvania Innocence Project lawyers say Lee will reunite with surviving relatives.

Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine Jr. believes the verdict was correct, and has said he's likely to appeal.

 
 

 

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