Second farmhouse killer will serve life in prison

Robert and Colleen Grube murdered in 2011. (Photo/file)
Robert and Colleen Grube murdered in 2011. (Photo/file)

CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – The second man convicted in a farmhouse killing in Mercer County will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Trevin Sanders was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences without parole for the murders of Robert Grube and his daughter, Colleen.

The Grubes were found shot to death inside their farmhouse in the Fort Recovery area back in 2011 during a break-in.

Family members of Robert and Colleen spoke in court asking for the maximum sentence possible.

“I do not wish any other family would have to go through the hell we’ve gone through,” says Adrian Grube, one of Robert’s six children. “Our family is forever broken.”

Sanders stared straight ahead, showing no emotion as family member after family member talked about their horrific loss.

Afterward Sanders turned toward the family and said he was sorry.

“I apologize to the family for the loss of their loved ones,” Sanders says. “Your life will never be the same. I do think about it everyday.”

But family members say no words or punishment are enough for what Sanders did to their loved ones.

“I hope every time he closes his eyes he’s haunted by their cries and the fear on their faces as he pulled the trigger,” says Bernice Allen, Robert’s sister.

The other man responsible, Bryant Rhoades is also serving two life sentences for the murders after being sentenced last week.

After Sanders was sentenced Mercer County Prosecutor Matthew Fox released a statement saying in part, “The perpetrators of these horrific crimes were weak and immoral. Their conduct was outrageous. The criminal justice system is inadequate when it comes to addressing these sins.”

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