Second man charged in Mercer County double murder sentenced
The second man charged in the brutal murder of Robert and Colleen Grube of rural Fort Recovery in 2011 was sentenced to life without parole by Judge Jeffrey Ingraham at the Mercer County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.
Trevin Sanders Roark was 17 years old at the time of the murders, but the court had determined that he would be tried as an adult. In February, Sanders Roark pled guilty to two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of robbery and two counts of aggravated burglary.
Following nearly two hours of courtroom proceedings, Ingraham took a brief recess and returned to issue the following sentence: for aggravated murder, Sanders Roark was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
For aggravated murder, with a firearm specification, Sanders Roark was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, plus three years in prison for the firearm specification, with all judgments to be run consecutively.
For two other charges of aggravated robbery, Ingraham sentenced Sanders Roark to 11 years for each charge, each to be run consecutively to the prison term.
Ingraham said that in spite of the fact that Sanders Roark was 17 years and seven months at the time of the offense, he already had a criminal record as a juvenile that began at age 10.
“He spent much of his teenage years in residential placements for delinquent juveniles,” said Ingraham. “The court also finds that the defendant was tried as an adult in Randolph County Circuit Court in Indiana for crimes that were committed in June of 2011.”
On November 30, 2011, Cassandra Grube found her father-in-law, Robert Grube, 70, and her sister-in-law, Colleen, 47, bound by duct tape and dead from gunshot wounds when she went to check on them at 9 a.m. at their rural Fort Recovery home.
Officials at the time determined that Colleen was last seen alive shortly after 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Colleen and Robert were discovered about 16 hours later. Investigators narrowed the time of the incident to a two-hour window.
“I would like to say that I apologize to the family for what I’ve done, that your life will never be the same,” Sanders Roark said in court on Tuesday. “I do think about it every day. It’s always on my mind. And I’m sorry that you all have to live with this for the rest of your lives.”
In spite of Sanders Roark’s comment, Ingraham said that he had failed to see remorse in him throughout the proceedings and he found his statement to the family hard to believe in its sincerity.
On Aug. 12, Sanders Roark’s accomplice, Bryant Rhoades, was also sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Sanders Roark had told authorities that he had smoked meth with Rhoades before concocting a plan to break into the Grube’s home because they believed there could be pills, money, electronics and jewelry inside. He said that they had agreed to approach the home with a made up story that their car broke down and they needed to use the phone.
“Today is not a day for celebration. It is a day for contemplation and reflection,” said Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Fox, following the sentencing.
“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 Fort Recovery community and to all of us,” said Fox.
Fox said that the perpetrators of the horrific crimes were weak and immoral and their conduct was outrageous. He said that the criminal justice system is inadequate when it comes to addressing such actions.
“Nothing that law enforcement officials do, that prosecutors do, or that courts do can come close to redressing the damage intentionally inflicted upon the victims and their family by these perpetrators,” stressed Fox.
“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,” added the prosecutor.
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