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Magic Valley Times-News | Southern Idaho Local News
By Cassidy Friedman, Times-News writer
TWIN FALLS – Robin Mower heard it on the radio.
“I heard the Stinker Station was robbed and an officer was shot – and I thought ‘That’s too bad,'” Robin said. “But it never occurred to me that it could possibly be Adam.”
Robin is the wife of Adam Mower, the man accused of shooting Idaho State Patrol Trooper Chris Glenn on Dec. 20.
Her last contact with Adam had been over the phone around 11:40 p.m. the night before. Suicidal, overdosed on alcohol and antidepressant pills, Adam steadily drifted into what sounded to her like unconsciousness. Her friend sent Jerome County sheriff’s deputies to search for him along the north canyon rim. They found no one. Not since Adam attempted suicide on her birthday – Nov. 28 – had Robin been so concerned for his life, she said.
Adam is facing a maximum of 165 years in prison for allegedly robbing a gas station, shooting Glenn in the neck and fleeing to Jackpot, Nev. On Thursday, Robin, 23, said she knew she will have to raise their two young children on her own. That is, if a psychiatric evaluator deems her mentally fit to continue acting as their mother. What amazes Robin, however, is how Adam flipped from being a hard-working, loving father to the most targeted man in the Magic Valley.
“None of this is who Adam is,” she said. “I talked to him when he was in jail. He said he doesn’t know why he did it. He was mentally gone. No sane person shoots anybody let alone a state trooper.”
Adam was battling more than just alcoholism.
He had pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to attempting to strangle his wife. With that count came the first blemish on a previously immaculate record. And from there it seems to have fallen apart. Attempted suicide. Anti-depressants and alcohol. And then, the events of Dec. 20.
Although, according to Mower, the day before Dec. 20 when Adam is charged with the robbery, shooting the trooper and fleeing there were no signs of an imminent breakdown.
Until 10 p.m.
“He went to work. I spoke with his co-workers. He performed just as normal,” Robin said. “He came home. He acted completely normal.”
Adam told his wife he was going to pawn his guns, which he would no longer be permitted to possess after receiving his felony conviction. Adam called home at 10 p.m., apparently having overdosed on his pills and alcohol. Robin suspected he was in Jerome County, east of the Perrine Bridge, where the couple went to shoot guns.
“My friend called the police and said, ‘He is suicidal and we need to find him.'”
But Jerome County sheriff’s deputies did not find him where they said he was.
“He called at about 10:15 p.m. and stayed on the phone until about 11:40 p.m.,” Robin said. “He ended up falling asleep. The next two hours, I just sat pressing redial.”
Robin had said after he attempted to strangle her in the couple’s home that alcohol and stress had fueled a psychotic mental condition in him that had caused him to hurt her.
She attributed those same factors to his more severe crimes.
Cassidy Friedman covers crime and courts for the Times-News. He can be reached at (208)735-3241 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org