Teen Steven Spader Sentenced to Life for Machete Attack


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

Spader, 19, was convicted of breaking into Kimberly Cates' New Hampshire home and hacking her to death with a machete last year. Meanwhile, his friend, 19-year-old Christopher Gribble, repeatedly stabbed her 11-year-old daughter Jaimie as she tried to defend her mother. Jamie sustained serious injuries that required hours of surgery. Gribble has his court date in February.

"I could go on for days about the depth of your depravity," said Judge Gillian Abramson. "It is sufficient to say, you belong in a cage."

Cates' husband, who was away on business at the time of the attack, addressed the court saying, "Kim and I had dreams, hopes, aspirations… now shattered…With one phone call on a Sunday morning, all those dreams were lost."



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