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Officials say prison swaps common
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.
Two due in court on Monday
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Two men have been cited on murder charges and an arrest warrant has been issued for a third, stemming from the fatal shooting of 78-year-old Mary Pat O’Hagan, of Chelmsford, Mass.
A judge found probable causes for the charges late Friday afternoon.
Vermont State Police say Richard Fletcher, 27, of Sheffield, and his half-brother, 33-year-old Keith Baird, of Sutton, are cited into St. Johnsbury Superior Court on charges relating to O’Hagan’s death. An arrest warrant has been granted for 23-year-old Michael Norrie, of St. Johnsbury.
Fletcher and Baird will be arraigned on burglary, kidnapping and first-degree murder charges. Baird faces an additional charge of being a habitual offender. Norrie will be charged with burglary, kidnapping and first-degree murder as well.
Hunters found O’Hagan’s body on Horn Road in Wheelock on October 3, 2010, three weeks after she was reported missing. According to police, O’Hagan was killed inside her home during a botched break-in on Sept. 10.
In court documents filed Friday, Norrie said all three of the suspects were doing crystal meth and wanted to get more the night of O’Hagan’s death.
In an interview with police, Norrie said Fletcher claimed to know where he could get pills, pointing them in the direction of O’ Hagan’s home. Flectcher said he had once worked for her, and he and Norrie went O’Hagan’s Sheffield home.
Once they got inside, Norrie told police that he “freaked out” and shot at O’Hagan.
According to investigators, Norrie said Fletcher then sexually assaulted the grandmother and disposed of her body.
Police have interviewed the three suspects off and on for years.
They said Norrie partially confessed to killing O’Hagan while being interviewed for a separate, unrelated case involving firearms.
Fletcher aroused police suspicion when he spoke about details of the case that had never been public.
As law enforcement interviews continued, court documents said Norrie and Fletcher told conflicting stories and seemed to accuse each other of pulling the trigger.
As for Baird, who is Fletcher’s half brother, he has also been interviewed by police the whole time, according to the court documents.
After several talks, police said they saw inconsistencies in his story. Finally Baird said had no doubt that Fletcher was somehow involved in the killing of O’Hagan. Investigators said that after talking to several of Baird’s friends, they were confident he was involved in disposing of O’Hagan’s body along with Fletcher.
Caledonia County Deputy State’s Attorney Kirk Williams would not comment on why prosecutors are pursuing convictions now.
Fletcher and Baird are due in court in St. Johnsbury on Monday at 12:30 p.m.
Baird is currently being held at Northeast Regional Correctional Center in St. Johnsbury for a lack of bail on multiple counts of violations of conditions of release, habitual offender and violations of an abuse prevention order.
Fletcher is currently serving a sentence at Southern Vermont Facility Center in Springfield for sexual exploitation of a minor.
Michael Norrie is serving a sentence at federal prison in Pennsylvania on federal gun crimes. The arrest warrant obtained for Norrie will start the process of his extradition back to Vermont.
Hells Angels member sentenced Monday
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A ranking member of a western Massachusetts chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced Monday to three consecutive life terms for killing three men, then dismembering and burying the bodies.
Adam Lee Hall, 36, of Peru, Mass., was sentenced in Hampden Superior Court after being convicted Friday of first-degree murder and other charges in the August 2011 deaths of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell.
Under state law, first-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Hall’s crimes were “filled with depravity and disregard for human dignity,” Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder said after families and friends of the victims read statements in court.
Hall wanted Glasser dead so he couldn’t testify against him in an assault case, authorities said.
Frampton and Chadwell were killed simply so there would be no witnesses, prosecutors said.
“Over the course of years David Glasser was stalked, intimidated, beaten, framed, abducted, murdered and mutilated,” Kinder said. “His friends Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell were shot, stabbed, dismembered … simply because they had the misfortune of being there when Mr. Glasser got abducted.”
Glasser had a mental disability that made him particularly vulnerable, Kinder said.
The bodies of all three men were found weeks later buried in Becket.
Hall deserved “no more mercy or consideration” than he gave to his victims, Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said.
Hall was tried in Hampden County after defense lawyers said that the publicity the case received in Berkshire County would have made it difficult for him to receive a fair trial.
Hall lawyer Alan Black said at trial there was no physical evidence tying his client to the deaths. He has not commented on the verdict but said at sentencing that his client had a loving family and had a very minor criminal record.
Three other men face charges in the case – two for allegedly playing a role in the murders, and a third for allegedly helping dispose of the bodies.