Sanders Admits To Murders

CELINA — Trevin Sanders faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after admitting to his role in the November 2011 murders of Robert and Colleen Grube.

During a change-of-plea hearing Thursday morning, Sanders, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts each of aggravated murder, with gun specifications, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, for his role in the Grube murders. In exchange for the guilty pleas, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fox agreed to dismiss 21 additional criminal charges against Sanders.

Fox painted a picture of a meth-fueled night that ended in Sanders,  Bryant L. Rhoades, 22, and several other people arriving at the Grube residence in Fort Recovery with the intention of finding items to steal. Fox said Grubes were targets but did not give a reason.

"Mr. Sanders has admitted to intimate details of the crime that only would be known to someone who was present and participated in the events that led to the deaths of Robert and Colleen Grube," Fox said. "Mr. Sanders has admitted and confessed that on Nov. 29, 2011, he traveled to the 2216 Burrville Road, Fort Recovery, Ohio, residence in a motor vehicle with several other individuals including Bryant L. Rhoades. Mr. Sanders knew they were traveling to the residence in order to burglarize the home and to rob the occupants."

Before getting to the Grube residence, Fox said Sanders admitted to smoking meth with the other occupants in the vehicle. They pulled up to the Grube residence, rang the door bell and claimed they needed assistance because of vehicle issues. They then forced their way into the Grube home and proceeded to ransack it.

Fox said the Grubes were immediately duct taped and after ransacking the home, Sanders found a firearm, test fired the gun into a doorway, and fired several rounds into Colleen Grube, killing her. Fox said Sanders admitted to then giving the gun to Rhoades, who he said then shot and killed Robert Grube.

"Robert Grube and Colleen Grube were killed to prevent Mr. Sanders, Rhoades and a group of subjects from being identified and apprehended," Fox said.

When Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham asked Sanders if he agreed with the statement of facts, Sanders answered affirmatively. Ingraham accepted the pleas and ordered Sanders to appear for a sentencing hearing at 2 p.m. April 15, at which time he faces a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sanders was not eligible to face the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the crimes.

Rhoades has been charged in the matter as well. Rhoades faces the death penalty if convicted on the aggravated murder charges. He has pleaded innocent to the charges. No one else has been charged in the case.