A man imprisoned for more than four decades in connection with a hotel fire that killed 29 people in 1970 spoke in a monotone voice as he said "no contest" more than two dozen times in a packed Tucson courtroom Tuesday.
A short time later, 58 year-old Louis Taylor walked out of prison a free man – having reached a deal with prosecutors amid questions about his conviction.
Taylor was just a teenager when he was arrested for the fire, but consistently denied any involvement.
Taylor also gave up his right to seek vindication or compensation from the state. He offered no statement to the court.