Life without parole for 2nd defendant in Grube killings
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 AM
CELINA — The sentencing of the second defendant in the killings of Robert and Colleen Grube occurred Tuesday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court, but the prosecutor was in no mood to celebrate.
Trevin Sanders-Roarke was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without parole and another 25 consecutive years in prison following the life terms, but Mercer County Prosecutor Matthew K. Fox released a statement showing no joy in the sentences.
“But today is not a day for celebration. It is a day for contemplation and reflection. Incredibly selfish criminal acts led to the murders of Robert Grube and his daughter Colleen Grube. The murders are horrific losses to the Grube family, to friends of the Grube family to the greater rural Ft. Recovery Community, and to all of us,” Fox wrote.
Sanders-Roarke was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on each of the two aggravated murder charges, three years on a firearm specification, 11 years for aggravated robbery, and 11 years for aggravated burglary. Each of the sentences are to be served consecutive to one another.
“The perpetrators of these horrific crimes were weak and immoral. Their conduct was outrageous,” Fox continued. “The criminal justice system is inadequate when it comes to addressing these sins. Nothing that law enforcement officers do, that prosecutors do, or that courts do, can come close to redressing the damage intentionally inflicted upon the victims and their families by these perpetrators. Hopefully, the resolution of these cases through conviction and sentence can offer the family and friends of Robert and Colleen Grube some sense of finality that will enable them to move forward with their irrevocably changed lives.”
The co-defendant in the murders, Bryant Rhoades, was sentenced to life without parole last week in a Celina courtroom. Authorities say the 22-year-old Rhoades and the then-17-year-old Sanders-Roarke forced their way into the home of 70-year-old Robert Grube and his 47-year-old daughter Colleen. The victims’ hands were secured with duct tape before being shot inside the house outside of Ft. Recovery. After a long investigation, the two were each arrested in 2013, and the details of the crime emerged later in the year.
Sanders-Roarke pleaded guilty in the case, but Rhoades has not admitted his guilt. He entered an Alford plea which allows a defendant to avoid admitting guilt, but acknowledge that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction. Rhoades claimed that he had made up a story about being in the Grube house and that the cases against himself and Sanders-Roarke are all based on that first lie.
Judge Jeffrey Ingraham noted that he considered several factors in deciding on a life without parole sentence foe Sanders-Roarke which showed the defendant’s conduct was more serious than conduct normally constituting the offense. He listed the physical or mental injury suffered by the victim due to the age of the victim, the fact that the victim suffered serious physical, psychological, or economic harm, and that the offender committed the crime as part of organized criminal activity.
Ingraham also noted that Sanders-Roarke was out on bond awaiting trial in Randolph County, Indiana on unrelated charges when the murders occurred, that Sanders-Roarke had been a delinquent child, and has shown no genuine remorse.
The prosecution did not seek the death penalty against Sanders-Roarke because he was 17 at the time of the murders. The Grubes were killed Nov. 30, 2011