TCC Increases Reward for Information on Hartman Case to $35,000

Press Release For Immediate Release

April 12, 2012

Contact: Rachel Saylor, TCC Communications, 907-452-8251 ext. 3218

April 2012

Fairbanks, Alaska— Tanana Chiefs Conference is offering a $35,000 reward to anyone who has information that could lead to the exoneration of George Frese, Kevin Pease, Eugene Vent, and Marvin Roberts who were convicted of the 1997 murder of John Hartman.  TCC originally announced the reward in May of last year at $5,500 but since then additional funds have been raised through several successful fundraisers organized by local supporters.

It has been over fourteen years since the four young men, also known as ‘The Fairbanks Four’ were convicted of murder and in the years following many people have attested to their innocence. Tanana Chiefs Conference has been working on the case for over five years, conducting legal reviews and partnering with the Alaska Innocence Project.

“Due justice was not served for these four young men,” said TCC President Jerry Isaac. “We are seeking to have justice served and it is our hope that anyone with information contacts the Alaska Innocence Project.”

The Alaska Innocence Project may be contacted by e-mail at or call 907-279-0454. Information may be given anonymously. For more information on the efforts of the Alaska innocence Project, Contact Shirley Lee, Justice Task Force Chair, at 907-452-8251 ext. 3448.


About Tanana Chiefs Conference: TCC is a non-profit organization that works toward meeting the health and social service challenges for more than 10,000 Alask­a Natives spread across a region of 235,000 square miles in Interior Alaska.