Union City man faces life for double murder

Staff Report

March 11, 2014

MERCER COUNTY - A Union City faces two life sentences after admitting to shooting a father and daughter in November 2011 in their Fort Recovery home.

Trevin M. Sanders, 19, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to two counts each of Aggravated Murder with a gun specification, Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Burglary. The counts of robbery and burglary, which are felonies of the first degree, carry a maximum of 11 years each, while he faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole on each murder conviction. An mandatory three years can be added for the gun specification. The death penalty can not be imposed since Sanders was only 16 at the time of the offenses.

As part of a plea agreement, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fox dismissed the remaining charges included in the 27-count indictment against Sanders. The state also elected to drop a charge in which Sanders allegedly crafted a shank from a plastic eating utensil and injured a jail corrections officer on Feb. 6.

According to court statements, Sanders and several accomplices, including co-defendant Bryant L. Rhoades, went to the Fort Recovery home of Robert Grube, 72, and his daughter Colleen Grube, 47, to burglarize the residence. After it was reported that the gang had been high on methamphetamine they entered the Grube home, duct taped the victims before eventually shooting them to death.

Sanders will be sentenced April 15 at 2 p.m. while Rhoades’ case is awaiting a decision from the prosecution following a February motion hearing.