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Man in prison for 24 years released thanks to now-discredited arson science

Han Tak Lee was serving time for the arson-murder of his mentally-ill daughter

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

A man freed from prison after his arson-murder conviction was overturned says it's difficult to think about the 24 years he lost.

Seventy-nine-year-old Han Tak Lee was released on bail Friday from the federal courthouse in Harrisburg while prosecutors decide whether to appeal a ruling that threw out his conviction.

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

A federal judge this month found the conviction was based on now-discredited arson science.

Lee spoke through an interpreter. He thanked supporters and vowed to make the most of his new life. The former New York City clothing store owner plans to live in the Flushing area of Queens.

Prosecutors have said they will probably appeal the judge's decision, claiming other evidence still points to his guilt.

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