Idaho v. DraperAnnotate this Case
Cassie Jo Stoddart was murdered in 2006. Defendant Brian Draper, who was sixteen years-old at the time of Stoddart’s murder, and Torey Adamcik, also a juvenile, were arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Both were tried as adults, and convicted during separate trials. Defendant was sentenced to a term of fixed life imprisonment for the murder charge and a life sentence with thirty years fixed for the conspiracy charge. Defendant raised seven issues on appeal: 1) the jury instructions for both murder and conspiracy relieved the State of proving all elements of the crimes and violated his right to due process of law; 2) his fourth police interview should have been suppressed as his parents were not present at the interview; 3) the jury instructions and the district court’s failure to suppress the interview, even if individually harmless, cumulatively constitute reversible error; 4) the sentences should be vacated because the investigator’s presentence report was biased; 5) Defendant's fixed life sentence for murder violated the Idaho and U.S. Constitutions’ prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment; 6) the district court’s sentences constituted an abuse of discretion; and 7) the district court’s denial of Defendant's motion under Idaho Criminal Rule 35 to modify his sentences constituted an abuse of discretion. Upon review of the trial court's record, the Supreme Court only found error in the jury instruction pertaining to Defendant's conspiracy charge, but affirmed the trial court in all other respects. The Court vacated Defendant's conviction on conspiracy to commit first degree murder and remanded the case for a new trial on that charge.