I will spare the gory details of the incident, but on October 4, 2009, Gribble, Steven Spader, William Marks and Quinn Glover broke into the Cates home and murdered Kimberly Cates and seriously injured her daughter, Jamie. The four made it clear that their reason for breaking into the home was because it was in an isolated area and that they wanted to kill someone. Nice, isn't it?
Do I believe that Gribble was or is insane? Not that it matters, but, not for one second. I firmly believe that Gribble's intent here was to inflict more pain on the Cates family. News clips of Gribble's testimony showed him desribe in graphic detail exactly how he and the other POS's murdered Kimberly Cates and injured eleven-year-old Jamie. He showed zero remorse. To listen to him, events such as this happened every day, and such acts are committed by everyone. He was so matter-of-fact in in his testimony. Gribble wanted to tell his story publicly, on the big stage, with as many in attendance as possible. He got his wish and proudly gave a gory play-by-play of the events of October 4.
In less than two hours, the jury returned a guilty verdict. In sentencing Gribble to a life sentence for the murder, Judge Gillian Abramson told Gribble that "infinity is not enough time in jail for you." David Cates, Kimberly's husband and Jamie's father, called Gribble a "worthless coward," and that "the verdict is not justice, but I can only hope that justice finds you soon."
I wish Gribble a hellish existence in jail. May not one day go by where he is not in fear for his life. I wish that on a daily basis he lives the terror that Kim and Jamie Cates felt. I would like to wish him a long life of such feelings, but I would be lying.
Conversely, I wish David and Jamie a long and happy life. My hope is that they can rebuild their lives. I hope that they remember Kim's life, not her death.