In a Sept. 6, 1989, file photo, Han Tak Lee is lead to the Swiftwater, Pa., State Police barracks for processing with State Police Fire Marshall Thomas Jones, right, and Stroud Township Police Investigator Vernon Bortz. Lee is serving a life sentence for murder and arson for setting a fire in 1989 at a church retreat cabin in Stroudsburg, Pa., in which his daughter died. In June 2014, U.S. District Judge Martin Carlson concluded the science underlying Han Tak Leeís conviction in northeastern Pennsylvania was wrong. Judge Carlson is recommending that Lee either be given a new trial or released from prison. (AP Photo/The Pocono Record, David W. Coulter, File) MANDATORY CREDIT ORG XMIT: PASTR502 / David W. Coulter AP
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has thrown out the conviction and life sentence of a Korean man accused of killing his daughter in what authorities alleged was an arson fire 25 years ago.
A U.S. District judge vacated Han Tak Lee's state conviction and sentence on Friday, agreeing with a magistrate's conclusion that the science underpinning the case has been discredited.
The judge ordered that Lee either be tried again within 120 days or be released from prison.
An appeals court had granted Lee's request for an independent examination of evidence from the July 1989 fire that killed 20-year-old Ji Yun Lee at a religious retreat.
Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine Jr. says he will "very likely" appeal.
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