It was announced by the Alaska Department of Law on Friday that the man convicted of manslaughter, 31-year-old Derrick Torian, in the murder of Genevieve Tetpon was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The case was a long time coming to its conclusion. Tetpon was killed in March of 2000. Her body was found near Arctic Valley Road. According to police, she was stabbed 30 times and then wrapped in a sleeping bag and dumped in the brush and snow. She was discovered by a passing motorist.
The Tetpon case went cold and stayed that way for almost a decade. Then the case was re-assigned to Detective Daved Cordie. When he looked at the evidence in the case he found items that led him to one of the suspect’s Torian’s, relatives. Torian, at the time of Tetpon’s death, had no criminal record.
Although Tetpon had not been sexually assaulted according to police, DNA evidence was found and when the detective zeroed in on Torian and sought a DNA sample, Torian left town.
Then, in February 2011, when investigators had amassed enough evidence, a Grand Jury was called and an indictment was obtained. Torian was extradited from South Dakota the next day.
He was jailed in the Anchorage Correctional Center on $750,000 bail which was later reduced and Torian was released later on $50,000 and with an ankle monitor. That move by the judge, angered many in the community.
Torian was to go to trial in April of this year but then a change of plea was scheduled. He made the change today to manslaughter and immediately began serving his sentence.