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    Autumn Savoy, co-conspirator in the Cates case who testified at both the Steven Spader and Christopher Gribble trials, was sentenced Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
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    David Cates listens to people speak both in favor of and against reworking the state's death penalty law at the Statehouse in Concord on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.
Saturday, March 3, 2012

Man implicated in Mont Vernon murder aftermath to seek parole

The man who helped two killers try to cover up the murder of Kimberly Cates is asking to be paroled for his role in the gruesome home invasion.

Autumn Savoy, now 22, formerly of Hollis, is set to meet with the parole board at 9 a.m. Thursday and ask to be paroled on one of two sentences, both for 21⁄2-5 years, for hindering prosecution. The hearing will be held at the state prison in Concord.

David Cates, husband of Kimberly Cates, will attend the hearing with a victim witness advocate, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said Friday.

Cates is expected to testify against allowing for parole.

Savoy, who was 20 at the time, admitted to helping Steven Spader and Christopher Gribble hide evidence the day after the brutal Oct. 4, 2009, home invasion and machete attack that killed Kimberly Cates and severely injured the Cates’ daughter, Jaimie.

Among other things, Savoy admitted it was his idea to throw the killers’ clothes in the Souhegan River in a failed attempt to get rid of them.

Strelzin, who led the prosecution against Spader and Gribble, doesn’t know if he will attend. He said prosecutors generally don’t attend parole hearings unless they plan to object.

“I’m waiting for some additional information before I take a position,” he said.

If Savoy is paroled, he still has a second sentence of 21⁄2-5 years to serve. He also received a suspended sentence of 31⁄2-7 years on a hindering apprehension charge, according to court documents.

Savoy was sentenced in April after Spader’s and Gribble’s trials and has been locked up at the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen, according to the Department of Corrections.

Savoy didn’t participate in the attack. Spader, 20, and Gribble, 22, were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Both are at the New Hampshire State Prison for men in Concord, according to the Department of Corrections.

Two other men were previously sentenced to prison for their part in the home invasion. Quinn Glover, 20, was sentenced to 20 years, and William Marks, also 20, was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison.

Both are in Vermont facilities, according to the Department of Corrections.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).