UPDATE@5:50 p.m.: Bryant Rhoades has been given two life sentences in the 2011 slayings of Robert and Colleen Grube, plus 36 years on gun specifications on charges of aggravated robbery and burglary. The sentence was announced moments ago by a three-judge panel.
EARLIER: A man has taken an Alford Plea in connection to the 2011 deaths of Robert and Colleen Grube in Fort Recovery.
Bryant Rhoades, 23, took the plea on two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated robbery. A three-judge panel accepted the plea, which dismisses 21 other counts.
In an Alford Plea, the defendant maintains he is not guilty, but knows the prosecutor has enough evidence to convict, which could lead to the death penalty. The plea allows the defendant to avoid the death penalty.
If the plea is accepted, the Rhoades faces life in prison without parole on each murder count an additional 50 years and max fines of $130,000.
Investigators said that two people came to the Grubes' home on Burrville Road the night of Nov. 29 or early morning Nov. 30. The home invaders bound the residents Robert Grube and his daughter Colleen, and shot them.
Investigators say the perpetrators were either let in or came in through an unlocked door, ransacked parts of the house and stole a laptop computer.
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