Were Four Native Teens Wrongly Convicted of Murder?
The Tanana Chief Conference believes that Marvin Roberts, George Frese, Eugene Vent and Kevin Pease were wrongly convicted for the murder of John Hartman.
The Tanana Chiefs Conference is offering a reward for information leading to the exoneration of the four young Alaska natives convicted for the murder of John Hartman.
Hartman was 15 years old when he was found beaten and stomped to death in downtown Fairbanks on Oct. 11, 1997.
The TCC believes that Marvin Roberts, George Frese, Eugene Vent and Kevin Pease were wrongly convicted for the murder.
Today at a press conference, members of TCC announced they would give $5,500 for information that would pardon the four men.
TCC Chief President Jerry Isaac said he only recently become convinced of the men’s innocence.
"When the university did a case study on it and found that there was some convincing inaccuracies that needed to be revisited, from then on, I felt it was wrong to incarcerate these four people," Isaac said.
The four men are currently serving between 33 and 79 years at a Colorado prison for their conviction in the murder case.