Convicted murderer Spader injured in prison altercation

The man considered the ringleader of the four local young men who murdered a Mont Vernon mother and severely injured her then-11-year-old daughter in 2009 is reportedly recovering from injuries sustained in an altercation in a New Jersey prison.

Steven Spader, now 24, sustained injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening and didn’t require hospitalization in the incident, which involved another inmate and took place May 15, according to New Hampshire Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons.

“Any treatment he received would have been at the prison,” Lyons said.

He said Spader, who was convicted on Nov. 9, 2010 – his 19th birthday – of first-degree murder and other charges and is serving life in prison without parole, was transferred to New Jersey State Prison in Trenton on Feb. 15. Such transfers of high-profile, or well-known, inmates to other jurisdictions is a fairly routine practice, Lyons said.

“Generally speaking, we’ll send inmates to other states if we feel their presence in New Hampshire could pose a threat to them or others,” he said. “It has to do with institutional safety … we’re responsible for the safety of all the inmates.”

He said New Jersey prison officials are
investigating the incident and will likely inform New Hampshire authorities when it is concluded. “Our chief investigator has been in touch with their investigators on this,” he said.

New Jersey corrections spokeswoman Deirdre Fedkenheuer also confirmed the incident, but said she wasn’t able to comment much beyond that.

“What I can tell you is that he’s at the prison, not in a hospital,” she said.

Spader, formerly of Brookline, was arrested two days after the Oct. 4, 2009, home invasion that led to the murder of Kimberly Cates and the assault on her daughter Jaimie.

He was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of attempted murder, burglary and witness tampering.

Arrested along with Spader were Christopher Gribble, also formerly of Brookline; and former Amherst residents Quinn Glover and William Marks, both of whom are now 22.

Gribble also was sentenced to life in prison without parole and remains at New Hampshire State Prison.

Glover was sentenced to 20-40 years in prison, while Marks received a sentence of 30-60 years. Both are currently incarcerated at prisons in Vermont.

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