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Lowell Teen Who Was with Friend When Fatally Shot Pleads Guilty

September 20, 2018

Cole Kinney... New Hampshire authorities said he was shot in self-defense during robbery try. courtesy photo Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

BRENTWOOD, N.H. -- One of the Lowell teens who was with Cole Kinney the night he was killed two years ago has pleaded guilty to a charge in connection to the fatal drug deal.

Shane Cremin, 19, pleaded guilty in Rockingham Superior Court on Tuesday to attempted theft, according to the case summary. He will serve six months in jail.

Two of the other Lowell teens pleaded guilty earlier this year to attempted theft in connection to the marijuana deal. Liam Grenham, 19, and Jacob Fisher, 19, both pleaded guilty and will serve six months as well.

In the late night hours of July 16, 2016, Derry police found Kinney, a popular 17-year-old from Lowell who attended Greater Lowell Technical High School, dead of a gunshot wound to the chest on North Shore Road.

Investigators soon said they identified everyone involved, but they remained mum on details in the case even as those who live around the scene told reporters they heard that Kinney was killed during an attempted robbery of a drug dealer.

Last year, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office determined a 22-year-old New Hampshire man, Devin Rios, acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Cole Kinney.

Indictments released last year by the New Hampshire court system allege that Kinney, Grenham, Cremin and Fisher all traveled to Derry together that night while intending to commit a robbery. The indictments allege that Fisher hid in the trunk of an SUV the four traveled to Derry in as part of the robbery plot, and that Fisher placed Rios in a chokehold once they arrived in Derry.

At Cremin’s plea and sentencing hearing Tuesday, the judge sentenced him to 12 months to jail, but then suspended six months of the sentence for two years. The conditions for the sentence include no contact with the Kinney family, good behavior, and counseling, treatment or educational programs.

Cremin’s attorney, Scott Bratton, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. In the past, he has declined to comment on specifics of the case, but described the incident as a “terrible tragedy” and offered condolences to the Kinney family on behalf of his client and his client’s family.

“It’s a terrible tragedy that unfortunately resulted in the loss of life of his good friend Cole Kinney,” Bratton said last year. “He and his family have the deepest sympathy and condolences for the Kinney family as a result of what happened.”

Both Grenham and Fisher were in court on Aug. 29 for their plea and sentencing hearings. The judge ruled that they would both serve six months of the mandatory minimum 18-month sentence, with the other months suspended for four years.

Conditions for the sentences include no contact with the Kinney family and Rios, good behavior, and counseling, treatment or educational programs.

Both of their attorneys, Cathy Green for Grenham and Timothy Bush for Fisher, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Kinney was a popular student at Greater Lowell Tech, and his death drew large crowds of mourners from across the area who remembered a friend who would do anything to help them.

A boxer at Lowell’s West End Gym, Kinney was known for being friendly to everyone and for living in the moment as he sought to make memories with friends.

Follow Rick Sobey on Twitter @rsobeyLSun.

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