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Judge: Louis C. Taylor cannot recover damages after spending 42 years in wrongful incarceration

TUCSON – A man who was wrongfully incarcerated for the deadly 1971 Pioneer Hotel Fire will not be able to recover damages after spending 42 years in prison.

Louis C. Taylor

Back in 1972, Louis C. Taylor was convicted on 28 counts of felony murder in connection to the deadly fire at the Pioneer Hotel. After filing a post-conviction in 2012,  a plea agreement was reached where Taylor would plead no contest. He was then resentenced to the time he has already served in incarceration and was released from prison.

Taylor then sued the  Pima County and the City of Tucson for damages for wrongful incarceration.

According to court documents, a judge ruled Thursday that Taylor could not recover damages for wrongful incarceration.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.
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