Indiana man give life sentence for Mercer Co. murder
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:00 AM
CELINA — The second person charged in the shooting deaths of a man and woman near Fort Recovery has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Bryant Rhoades, 23, Union City, Indiana entered an Alford plea to two counts of aggravated murder in a Mercer County courtroom on Tuesday. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but a recognition that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.
Rhoades is charged with killing Robert and Colleen Grube after binding their hands with duct tape and ransacking the home in November of 2011. An accomplice, Trevin Sanders-Roarke, has already pleaded guilty to the two murders also, but since he was 17 at the time of the killings, the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty. Sentencing in that case is not yet scheduled.
Rhoades has been in custody since March of 2013 when he was arrested for giving false information to investigators. The charges were increased to aggravated murder as the investigation progressed. He is already serving a 36-month sentence on the original charge.
On Nov. 30, 2011, the bodies of 79-year-old Robert Grube and his daughter, 47-year-old Colleen Grube were discovered in the home where they lived on Burrville Rd. near Fort Recovery. The pair had their hands bound with duct tape and were shot to death.