Friday, December 18, 2015

Fairbanks Four freed as judge accepts deal to throw out indictments, convictions

FAIRBANKS—The Fairbanks Four are free as 5:15 p.m. Thursday evening under terms of a negotiated settlement.

The four men, who've long fought their conviction for the 1997 killing of Fairbanks teenager John Hartman, had their murder convictions erased under a deal that's similar but not identical to one proposed last week.

Marvin Roberts was released on parole earlier this year, but the other three men — George Frese, Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent — had been in jail since their arrests in October 1997.

After a final hearing at the Rabinowitz Courthouse on Thursday they went to Fairbanks Correctional Center one final time before they were released. The men went immediately to a celebration at the David Salmon Tribal Hall.

More:  http://www.newsminer.com/news/fairbanks-four-freed-as-judge-accepts-deal-to-throw-out/article_452d29e8-a512-11e5-86e5-dfd51ae41d35.html


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