Man granted retrial in 1982 fire deaths gets bail

Judge ordered his release on $25,000 cash bail

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WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A man who spent 32 years in prison for a 1982 fire that killed eight people in Lowell has been granted bail as he awaits a new trial.

The Lowell Sun reports 57-year-old Victor Rosario wept as a judge ordered his release on $25,000 cash bail Thursday. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman also ordered him to stay in Massachusetts and undergo GPS monitoring and random alcohol screening.

Rosario was serving a life sentence after being convicted of arson and murder. Tuttman overturned Rosario’s conviction Monday, based on advances in fire investigation and questions about his confession. Prosecutors are appealing.

His lawyers said Rosario, now an ordained minister, will live with his wife in Boston.

Rosario’s bail hearing came the same day seven people died in an unrelated Lowell apartment fire whose cause isn’t determined.

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

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