Man sentenced to life in prison for Ft. Recovery double murder

CELINA — Bryant Rhoades was sent to prison for the rest of his life for the murders of a rural Ft. Recovery man and his daughter.

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Bryant Rhoades, 24, seen March 26 in in Celina Municipal Court, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the murders of Robert Grube, and his daughter and former Indian Lake area resident, Colleen Grube. (PHOTO | CELINA DAILY STANDARD)

Robert Grube, 70, who was in a wheelchair after suffering a stroke and Colleen Grube, 47, formerly of the Indian Lake area, who was his caregiving daughter, were bound with duct tape and shot multiple times inside their rural Ft. Recovery home.

Rhoades and others broke into their home Nov. 29 or 30, 2011, to rob them.

Rhoades pleaded guilty Tuesday, a month after he backed out of his first attempt at a plea deal and demanded going to trial. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty, but agreed to the deal that would spare Rhoades’ life.

The 23-year-old Rhoades entered the Alford pleas to two counts of aggravated murder with gun specifications and two counts each of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

Despite entering an Alford plea that means Rhoades can be found guilty, he continued to maintain his innocence. Rhoades said the only thing he is guilty of was lying. He said he told a lie to investigators putting himself at the scene of the crime.

Rhoades even said he doubts the guilt of his co-defendant, Trevin Sanders. Sanders, 17 at the time of the crime, will be sentenced soon. Prosecutors were holding him as a witness after he pleaded guilty to charges and admitted to his role in the killings.

Rhoades’ attorney, Bill Kluge, asked for a lesser sentence with a chance for parole. He said Rhoades has a tough life filled with drug abuse and a father who neglected him.

Kluge said Rhoades asked that he not call any witnesses in his defense to try to mitigate a sentence or to explain his troubled life.