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Daniel Adamik, convicted of murder in 1981 Nevada County case, denied parole

Convicted murderer Daniel Adamik has been denied parole, according the Nevada County District Attorney.

Adamik, 59, was denied parole after a parole hearing on the afternoon of July 28, held at the Valley State Prison, District Attorney Cliff Newell announced in a news release Thursday.

In 1981, Adamik posed as a hitchhiker with the intent to steal a car from the driver.

A motorist, Jon Garbera, picked him up and near the Truckee Donner Pass area on Interstate 80, Adamik feigned illness so that Garbera pulled over to the side of the highway.

Once on the side of the road, Adamik pulled a handgun and forced Garbera to walk to the edge of the highway where Adamik shot him in the head execution style, the release states.

Deputy DA Oliver Pong attended the hearing and urged that the commissioners remember Adamik’s long history of violence and criminality, his lack of sufficient insight into his life of crime, and that he still posed an unreasonable risk to society.

Adamik’s attorney argued for his positive and discipline-free record for the past 20 years, his volunteer efforts to help other inmates, his plans and goals if granted parole, and his changed attitude since his incarceration.

According to the release, the Board of Parole Hearing denied Adamik’s parole request for three years, but may allow him to be heard again earlier than three years due to his age and positive efforts to redeem himself.

The District Attorney’s Office continues to monitor all lifer cases once defendants are sentenced to prison, the release states.

When parole hearings come up, the original case and the prisoner’s prison record are reviewed by a Deputy District Attorney and the victims are consulted.

The District Attorney then determines whether or not to oppose the grant of parole.

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