Thrill Kill: The Murder of Kimberly Cates
Spader's incarceration did nothing to shut his mouth. While awaiting trial, Spader had the audacity to pen an open letter, labeling the citizens of New Hampshire "uninformed idiots" and taking David Cates, husband and father of Spader's victims, to task for openly opposing the inclusion of William Marks and Quinn Glover in their high school yearbook. According to Spader's handwritten letter, "It is not [Billy and Quinn's] fault that they were arrested and charged with what they were charged with, and yet through all the struggle they both are still trying to get an education...."
During Spader's trial, defense attorney Jonathan Cohen did all that he could to fabricate reasonable doubt. Spader's defense ultimately relied on a kind of "liar, liar" argument. Spader, according to Cohen, wrote those letters and bragged about the crime because he wanted the attention, not because he did the crimes.
The jury in the case didn't buy Cohen's argument. In October 2010, a little more than a year after his crime and on his 19thbirthday, Steven Spader was found guilty. Guilty on two counts of first-degree murder. Guilty of attempted murder. Guilty of conspiracy to murder. Guilty of conspiracy to burglary. Guilty of witness tampering. Spader was sentenced to life without parole and an additional 76 years for the attempted murder of Jaimie Cates. According to The Telegraph, Judge Gillian Abramson "made each of the sentences consecutive to one another 'to ensure that you stay in that cage for the rest of your pointless life.'"