NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his mentally ill daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars.
Han Tak Lee, 79, who lived and owned a clothing store in Queens, walked out of a federal courthouse in Harrisburg after a judge released him on unsecured bond and restricted his travel to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. An attorney said his first stop would be a medical and psychological checkup.
“I’m finally free,” Lee told reporters and supporters, in comments translated by an interpreter. “It is difficult to think (of) all the past 25 years — of my life, even though I was innocent.”