POCATELLO — A post-conviction relief hearing for murderer Torey Adamcik that was scheduled for Sept. 17 has been postponed until October, according to the murder victim’s grandfather, Paul Sisneros Sr.
“Of course we’ll be there,” he said about the family of Cassie Jo Stoddart.
Sisneros said the original sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole still seems like the correct sentence to him.
“He’s never shown any remorse,” Sisneros said about Adamcik. “I’ve seen no difference in him.”
Pocatello High School student Cassie Jo Stoddart, 16, was stabbed to death on Sept. 22, 2006.
In separate trials, Pocatello High classmates of Stoddart’s, Adamcik and Brian Draper, were found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison by now retired Sixth District Judge Peter D. McDermott.
During the trial the prosecution showed a video tape of Draper and Adamcik planning to murder Stoddart.
The post-conviction relief hearing will be conducted by Sixth District Judge Mitchell Brown.
The case gained national attention during the murder trials and following the conviction of the two Pocatello teens.
In 2010 MSNBC produced and aired a documentary, “In Coldest Blood,” that told the story of the murder case. It included interviews with the victim’s mother, police detectives, and the prosecutor sharing their perspectives on the crime.
In 2013 Torey’s mother, Shannon Adamcik, published a book about the murder from the perspective of a mother titled, “The Guilty Innocent.”
In the book, Shannon makes the case that while her son was guilty of many things, he did not physically participate in the actual fatal stabbing of Stoddart. The victim died after receiving 29 stab wounds.
“...I think that I can truthfully say we are both in a world of pain,” she wrote in her book. “That this has changed all of our lives forever. And as one day slips into the next and one year passes into another ... it is still there. The pain. It never goes away.”
Attempts to reach Shannon Adamcik for comment about the upcoming hearing were unsuccessful. Shannon and her husband Sean moved to North Idaho to be near their son after he was incarcerated.
Jonathan Mark Harris and Joshua Rofé produced a documentary titled “Lost for Life” about teens sentenced to life in prison in 2013. The documentary examined the issue of sentencing teenagers to life in prison for a mistake made early in their lives and part of it focused on Draper and Adamcik. In the United States, more than 2,500 individuals are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were 17 years old or younger.
Last month a Pennsylvania man posted a petition online at www.change.org asking people to pressure Judge Mitchell to consider post-conviction relief for Adamcik.
The posted comments to the judge include:
“The Police did not find any evidence to convict Torey. I do not believe Torey was in the room at the time Draper killed Cassie. The Police or prosecution failed to produce evidence to suggest otherwise. Torey was setup in my opinion by Draper.”
“This young man made serious mistakes but those mistakes did not include murder. They should not cost him his life.”
“Kids don’t always understand the things they are doing.”
And finally, “He is guilty.”
Sisneros said he was a upset that he found out about the originally scheduled post-conviction relief hearing through the media.
“I was getting kind of mad because everyone knew about it before the victim’s family,” he said.
Sisneros also had a comment about Adamcik and his murder conviction.
“I think he ought to man up to it instead of hanging on to his mother’s apron strings,” Sisneros said.
For the past seven years, friends of the Cassie Jo Stoddart family have held a “Pumpkins for Cassie” event in front of Duffy’s Tavern late in October. They have said it is to keep her memory alive. All donations of canned food or pet supplies received for the Halloween pumpkins are given to the Idaho Foodbank and the Pocatello Animal Shelter.