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Man released in Tucson fire reflects on freedom

PHOENIX -- Louis Taylor chokes up as he looks back on his 42 years in prison, but he forgives those who put him there.

Freedom, he says, is "the most precious thing in the world."

Taylor was convicted for a 1970 hotel fire in Tucson that killed 29 people. He consistently denied any involvement.

In April, he walked out of prison after reaching a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to plead no contest, in which he avoided admitting guilt, but was able to be released. Taylor also gave up his right to seek vindication. While authorities still insist he is guilty, they say they didn't have the evidence to prove it again.

Taylor now tells The Arizona Republic he's put the past behind him and is enjoying his freedom.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic

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