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Key witness in Cates murder case indicted on sexual assault charges

Union Leader Correspondent

July 26. 2013 7:48PM
Kyle Fenton, formerly of Milford and now residing in Londonderry, has been indicted of five felony counts of sexual assault by a Hillsborough County Grand Jury. (Courtesy)

NASHUA — A Hillsborough County Grand Jury has indicted Kyle Fenton, one of the key witnesses in the Kimberly Cates murder case, of four counts of felonious sexual assault, and one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Fenton, 23, formerly of 98 Elm St., Apt. 1A, Milford, and now of 7 Cody Road, Londonderry, was arrested on May 27 by Milford Police.

According to Capt. Chris Nervik, police received reports that Fenton had sexually assaulted two female victims, ages 14 and 15, between October and December 2012, and allegedly forcibly raped the 14-year-old.

Earlier this month, a Hillsborough County Grand Jury indicted Fenton on four Class B counts of felonious sexual assault, and one Class A count of aggravated sexual assault for his alleged abuse of the two girls. He is currently out on bail.

Fenton played a key role in the arrest of Steven Spader, Christopher Gribble, William Marks and Quinn Glover following a home invasion and brutal attack on Kimberly and Jaimie Cates in Mont Vernon on Oct. 4, 2009. Kim Cates was killed in the attack and Jaimie suffered serious injuries.

According to court documents, while police were trying to identify suspects in the Cates case shortly after the home invasion, Spader, Marks and Gribble stopped at Fenton’s home. Fenton, who lived in Amherst at the time, listened to the men brag about their assault on the sleeping mother and child. They also showed Fenton the weapons they used in the attacks.

After seeing reports of the crime on the news, Fenton told his mother what he had he heard from Spader, Marks and Gribble, and his mother contacted the Amherst Police Department, giving investigators a big break in the case. Fenton also testified against Spader during his murder trial.

If convicted, Fenton is facing prison time for the crimes against the two girls. Each of the Class B felony counts carries a sentence of three-and-a-half to seven years, while a Class A felony conviction could fetch 10 to 20 years, plus fines.

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