November 9th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Teen convicted in N.H. machete murder gets life

A New Hampshire teenager accused of killing a woman and severely injuring her daughter during a brutal home invasion was found guilty Tuesday of first degree murder and attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Steven Spader sat emotionless as the verdict was read in the gruesome murder of Kimberly Cates in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, last year.

Spader was convicted of breaking into Cates' home and hacking her to death with a machete, while his friend, 19-year-old Christopher Gribble, repeatedly stabbed her 11-year-old daughter Jaimie as she tried to defend her  mother.


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  1. ToughGuy

    There's a real man for ya ladies. Michael Meyers incarnate. Loser

    November 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of N.H.
    I thought your State Motto was "Live Free or Die" I might be wrong on that.
    Anyway,just remember. a dead murderer can not kill anyone else.
    Didn't 2 murderers escape from prison out west recently and murdered someone else.When you sentence killers to life in prison there is always the chance they will escape and kill again.I hope you all can live with that.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Living and Loving N.H.

      "I hope you can all live with that". You act as though the " People of N.H." want to pay for him to live "free" the rest of his life. Give me five minutes with the f*^$%! and we can all set the record straight. I pray that Dave and Jaimie finally get the peace they deserve knowing just a bit of justice has been served.

      November 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mz

      Yes of course there's a possibility that they'll get out, but the chances are incredibly slim. With the death penalty there have been dozens of cases where innocent people were given the death penalty, only later to be discovered innocent by incontrivertible evidence! Can you live with that? Prison is a bad place to be, yes perhaps they get TV and a warm meal – but they're there for life, bland monotonous prison. Perhaps your interpretation of the good book is different – but I believe Gods punishment for these men will well and truly be given when they die.

      November 10, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    This guy got what he deserved. The worst sentence that one could face is life behind bars,knowing that they'll never see the outside again. That's worse than death.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • THThite

      Not really. They still chill, watch TV, eat warm meals. All they do is sit in a small room all day. Most people sit in a small room all day and do the same thing. Only thing he has to worry about is never having a hard job and stress to make bills. Sacraficed one, got another style of life. It's not worse than death by any means.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • hottastysandwhich

      @THThite it completely depends on the person going to jail – some people would prefer to die than go to jail for life. You make jail seem like this holiday away from home – no contact with the outside world, only the finest company of murderers, rapists and thieves, tasteless meals, no freedom – a life devoid of any meaning, I can personally see how death would be better than life in prison.

      November 10, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. stix213

    We really should ban guns cause that would help stop these crazy murders. Oh wait....

    November 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Don't Drop The Soap

    Great. . .so the taxpayers get to pay for his meals and accomodations for the rest of his life. He should be put to work and the proceeds go to his incarceration.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Brieske

    Daniel. Do you think God is going to say, job well done off to Heaven you go? God punishes and that is proven fact. I'm not stating the proof because this isn't the right place or time.
    This person is going to Hell. The sooner he dies, the sooner he gets there. He took a human life and deserves not a second longer here.
    The people of New Hampshire need to pull their heads out of their butts. God has no forgiveness for this nor should they.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JohnnyRisDumb

    Umm the defendant looks purrty white to me Johnny R. You may go back to bootlegging moonshine now.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    "JohnnyR shame on you for your comments your are a disgrace to your race and the humanity loser " for what it is worth that guy should be put to death

    November 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pitbull

    @ johnnyR what the hell did u see the case yesterday? 1 of the murderers was convicted of death he was white the other is also white he is awaiting trial.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rottie77

    While I partly agree that a life sentence can be worse in some ways, the fact is as long as this guy's alive there's always the possibility he will get out one day,even if that possibility is highy unlikely. And if he ever does get out, he will kill again. This guy has no conscience, & unfortunately, you can't grow a conscience.

    November 10, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Don

    Jonnyr do that now means All whites Should be locked up STUPid

    November 10, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. rottie78

    @mz.....I believe I already said the possibility of him getting out is highly unlikely. And you're right about there having been people on death row who were wrongly convicted. However, this guy is not one of them. He is, in fact, guilty. Add that to the horrific nature of the crime, do you really want any chance, no matter how remote, for him to get out & do it again? Because he will kill again.

    November 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |