Man convicted of 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire to go free

2013-03-30T20:15:00Z Man convicted of 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire to go freeKimberly Matas and Kim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson man who has spent 42 years behind bars in connection with a downtown Tucson hotel fire that killed 29 people is expected to be freed from prison Tuesday.

Louis Cuen Taylor, is scheduled to plead no contest as part of an agreement that sets aside his original conviction and gives him credit for time already served.

Taylor, who turns 59 this week, struggled with the decision to plead no contest.

“He initially rejected it,” Arizona Justice Project Executive Co-director Katie Puzauskas said.

Taylor always has maintained his innocence. Even the judge in his 1972 trial publicly expressed skepticism about the jury’s decision to convict the Tucson teen.

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