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Man granted retrial in 1982 fire deaths gets bail

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Victor Rosario, 57, was convicted in a 1982 fire that killed eight people in Lowell. Victor Rosario, 57, was convicted in a 1982 fire that killed eight people in Lowell.
WOBURN, Mass. (WHDH) - 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.

57-year-old Victor Rosario walked out of court with his wife and lawyers before breaking down into tears 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, saying that Rosario and two brothers, who have since died, set the fire by throwing molotov cocktails at the building as payback for a botched drug deal.

His lawyers said Rosario, now an ordained minister, will live with his wife, who he married behind bars, in Boston. She says that she is looking forward to spending time with him.

"More time incarcerated than free. Its huge when you think of it like that. Almost 21 years we've been waiting for a honeymoon," she said.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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