Two stories in today’s headlines are seriously troubling me. I’m deeply saddened by both events. There is no reason why anyone, certainly not a parent, should walk out into oncoming traffic or jump off a bridge holding on to an unknowing, innocent child.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Convicted murderer Steven Spader has been moved from New Hampshire to a prison in New Jersey.
Department of Corrections officials confirmed that Spader, 22, was moved to the New Jersey State Prison on Feb. 15.
Spokesman Jeff Lyons said it’s not uncommon to send inmates to other states in exchange for other inmates, but officials don’t give specific reasons for such transfers.
Lyons said the most common reasons for a transfer are that the inmate is a threat to the institution or the inmate’s personal safety might be threatened without a move.
Spader was convicted of first-degree murder in the October 2009 machete killing of Kimberly Cates, of Mont Vernon. He was also convicted of attempted murder for the attack on Cates’ daughter, Jaimie Cates.
Christopher Gribble was also convicted of murder in the case.
Lyons said New Hampshire has more than 100 inmates serving sentences in other states.
AUBURN, Maine — Auburn police have charged a city man with attempted murder for allegedly using an electrical cord to choke his girlfriend.
Mack Williams Jr. was held Monday at Androscoggin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail following a court appearance.
The Sun Journal reports that police say they were called to his home at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday by a roommate who reported that the 30-year-old Williams and his girlfriend had argued and the argument had turned physical.
The roommate said Williams also attacked him.
Williams’ girlfriend told police that the argument started because she thought he had cheated on her.
Williams told police that his girlfriend had swung her arms at him and he does not remember using the electrical cord.