‘Worthless Coward’ Gribble Guilty In NH Home Invasion Murder

NASHUA, N.H. (CBS) – A jury quickly found 21-year-old Christopher Gribble guilty of murder Friday in the Mont Vernon home invasion in 2009 that left a mother dead and her daughter severely wounded.

Judge Gillian Abramson sentenced him to life in prison without parole, which is automatic in first-degree murder cases.

She also scolded him, saying “infinity is not enough jail time for you.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports from Nashua

Gribble had admitted to killing Kimberly Cates and nearly killing her 11-year-old daughter Jaimie.  The jury was deciding whether Gribble was insane at the time he committed the murder.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

He was also convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit burglary and tampering with witnesses.

Gribble had no reaction as the verdict was read.

After a 15-minute break, he returned to the courtroom in an orange prison jumpsuit for sentencing.

Cates’ husband David then read an emotional victim impact statement before the judge handed down the sentence.

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Jaimie Cates and her father, David Cates, sit in Hillsborough County Superior Court, after the sentencing of Christopher Gribble. (AP Photo/Don Himsel, Pool)

“This verdict is not justice,” David Cates said.  “But I can only hope that justice will find you very soon.”

Cates then called Gribble a “worthless coward” and blasted him for all the pain he has caused his daughter Jaimie, who Cates said will “ache” for the rest of her life because of what happened to her and her mother.

After the sentencing, the judge told Jaimie Cates, who appeared in the courtroom for the first time Friday, “this man and the other men involved in this terrible crime can never hurt you again.”

Outside of court, Mont Vernon’s police chief spoke about the verdict. He said he believes it was the appropriate outcome, but acknowledged things in his town will never be the same. “The sense of safety and security the community had… has been irreparably damaged,” Chief Kyle Aspinwall told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

The panel got the case Thursday afternoon and deliberated for about two hours.

They returned to the courtroom Friday with a verdict just after 9 a.m.  All of them left without talking to reporters.

In closing arguments, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley emphasized that Gribble was sane because he plotted, chose the weapons and knew to hide evidence and to initially lie about his involvement.

Defense attorney Donna Brown reminded the jury that even depression is grounds to find Gribble legally insane at the time of the crime.

She portrayed Gribble as an abused child who suppressed urges to kill until he fell in with his accomplice, Steven Spader.

  • Petetm

    He thinks he was abused as a child, wait until he gets to prison.

    • Brett

      HAHA that comment deserves a beer

  • jeffsmom

    Thankyou jurors of New Hampshire- you made the correct choice. to this day when i drive anywhere near that area i mourn for the family of Kimberly Cates

  • jaygee

    What these cowards did to this mother and daughter was beyond “cruel & unusual”. Life in prison is certainly no bargain but in this case they should have the same feeling that their victims did just before they were attacked. I would even volunteer as executioner for free.

  • Wizard

    DEATH to Gribble!!!

  • Willow

    I’m so sick of criminals using the, “I was abused as a child,” excuse to try to get away with murder. This kid is insane, plain and simple, and so were his accomplices. I say good riddance. Lock him up and throw away the key. That little girl who clung to life will live with this horror her entire life. Now that’s what I call child abuse!!

  • Joe

    This guy looks like Jack Skellington, one of the characters from Nightmare Before Christmas. He needs to receive the same fate in prison, macheted to death.

  • emom

    To use the words INSANE and ABUSED is a nobrainer, how ever why would that even get themn out of jail., One would have to be insane to commit murder but you still knew what you were doing, so the insanity plea is not just. He planned and commited the crime. INSANE really what a pathetic SOB and yeah he is going to be someones bunk mat for sure, I fell they are going to fight for him,,,,, GOOD LUCKY BUDDY

  • cynic

    its nice that this case wasnt heard in mass because they would have just given him a slap on the wrist and he would be out of prison in a month or two

    • petem

      Really? Are you out of you tiny mind? This case would have ignited the drive for the death penalty here you clown. There are progressives like me in MA that don’t fit the stereotype what you’ve been taught by Fox and Frank Luntz , in fact that stereotype really only exists in the minds of people like that ilk, and is only designed to stir up folks who don’t use their minds for actual information gathering.

      • cynic

        Petem Im assuming that you were hoping this case would have been a push for the death penalty, and if you were I do agree with you. I think it would be great to have and there are lots of criminals here in mass that deserve it, but i don’t see it happening here anytime soon unfortunately. I think if there was ever going to be a push for it in mass it would have been last year when the three teenagers brutally killed the pizza drive in south Boston i think it was for some pizza and like 20 dollars. I really just think the Massachusetts justice system is a joke right now and I wish it was more harsh or at least stuck with their punishments but as I stated on the second post the facts show that their is a severe lack of accountability in this state

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      • cynic

        Really? are YOU out of your tiny mind? lets look at the facts or should I just mention the name Dominic Cinelli, remember him? He was serving three life sentences but was released only to kill a woburn police officer just this past December! Or how about Edward Corliss, another MURDERER serving a life sentence that was released and allow to kill again. How about this fact 42% of those serving life sentences were allowed to be set free the very first time they asked!

  • Willow

    Cynic, Good point!!

  • Petmom

    The jury made the right decision. All we can hope for now is a bit of “prison justice”…

  • Wizard

    So what was the SENTENCE then??
    Dammit ‘BZ, can you put the relevant deets in your story???

    • Go4Gold

      Read the second sentence.

      ‘Judge Gillian Abramson sentenced him to life in prison without parole, which is automatic in first-degree murder cases.”

  • Elllbee


    READ IT BEFORE YOU ASK SILLY QUESTIONS!!!!! It says he got life in jail WITHOUT the possibility of parole.

  • Taxes

    He should have gotten the Death Penalty. Now we have to pay for him to live in prison. I hope he is killed very quicly there, I do not work hard to have my taxes taken out just to support this sick and twisted killer.

  • Divider

    Hey Gribbly..hope mom and dad bring you some tucks pads and ointments during their visits…you’re gonna need them you worthless POS…I hope you get traded daily for a pack of cigarettes..

  • Willow

    Taxes, unfortunately, the taxpayers support all the prisons with others the likes of him. The prison population wouldn’t be so overcrowded if they would instate the death penatly, and then enforce it. Soft on crime, yes we are!!

  • Taxes

    Willow, I have said it before and I will say it again. If you are found guilty of murder and are 100% GUILTY, as soon as the verdit is read its off to the executioner. That would solve a lot of over crowding.

  • emom

    The look of that SOB says alot, he is possing for the cameras, trying to seem unstable, YEAH right thank god nobody bought his testimony, So glad he hung himself with all he said, He does not deserve life, that is way to good for him… However while he is is the PINK PALACE he will be having plenty of visitors.. Forget the tucks and ointment, they wont help him one bit.. He just might become the kind of broom If you know what I mean..
    On another note seeing The family there was wonderful, She may have scars both physicaly and emotionally but to hear what the judge had to say, was the best medice that little girl and her father could have recieved . May god be there for them always

  • Linnea Nelson

    I feel the verdict was correct,There isn’t enough jail time for a crime such as this.

  • linnea nelson

    The people who did this crime should never be returned to society.

  • alanonthego

    The best punishment for him and his friends that did this crime is to have a machete used on them, slowly and very painfully till they die.

  • emom

    No not till they die, first pour salt and rubbing alchohol on the wounds make the suffer, then let him suffer a slow death,,,,,

  • dan


  • Cynic

    Luckily he in New Hampsire. If he were In Mass he would sue for the Civil Right to “Marry” his cellmate and Win.

  • tmcn

    To the Gribble parents: Great job! Where were YOU when YOUR SON was out murdering and terrorizing? I’D PUT YOU BOTH ON TRIAL TOO!!!

  • Todd

    He should be strung up and stoned for a week to inflict as much pain as possible before he is aloud to die!!

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