Home invasion leader drops Supreme Court appeal

May 29, 2013, 9:48 am

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is allowing the man who wielded a machete during a fatal home invasion nearly four years ago drop his appeal.

The court granted the motion by lawyers for 21-year-old Steven Spader to withdraw the appeal of his first-degree murder and other convictions in the death of 42-year-old Kimberly Cates and maiming of her daughter, Jaimie, in the Mont Vernon home invasion in 2009.

Spader last month was resentenced to life in prison plus 76 years. His resentencing was required by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that said mandatory life sentences for killers under the age of 18 were unconstitutional unless judges considered any mitigating factors that are age-related.

Spader instructed his lawyers in the resentencing hearing not to argue on his behalf.

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