NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire teenager accused of killing a mother and injuring her daughter with a machete during a home invasion has been convicted of murder and other charges.
A jury returned the verdict Tuesday against 19-year-old Steven Spader Tuesday after deliberating for about 90 minutes.
Under New Hampshire law, the first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic sentence of life without parole. Spader also was convicted of attempted murder and other felonies.
Spader was the first person to go on trial in the October 2009 home invasion in Mont Vernon that left Kimberly Cates dead and her 11-year-old daughter gravely wounded.
A prosecutor told jurors that Spader's detailed written accounts of the killing amount to a confession. His lawyers dismissed them as the writings of a teen known for bragging and lying.
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