A Lowell man who spent three decades in prison has been formally exonerated. Victor Rosario was convicted of setting a 1982 fire in Lowell that killed eight people, including five children. The conviction was based mainly on inspectors determining the fire was intentionally set and a written confession that Rosario says he signed because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and did not understand English.
Rosario was released from prison three years ago after the state Supreme Judicial Court upheld a ruling ordering a new trial. The lower court judge said there were questions about his confession and about the fire investigation techniques used decades ago. Read more.