Rhoades Sentenced To Life Without Parole In Grube Double-Murder

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August 12, 2014 Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM EDT

CELINA, Ohio (21Alive) - A Northwest Ohio man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to his role in the murders of a Fort Recovery, Ohio, man and his daughter in 2011.

Bryant Rhoades pleaded guilty on six counts, including two counts of aggravated murder in the 2011 slayings of Robert Grube and Colleen Grube..

Rhoades is one of two men charged in connection to the murders.

In November 2011, the two were found bound by duct tape and fatally shot in their home.

Rhoades pleaded guilty while maintaining his innocence in order to avoid the death penalty.

"Everybody believes i'm guilty, because of the things I said," Rhoades told the Mercer County court. "However, the truth ultimately prevails in the end. And whether in this life or the next, I will be proven innocent of this crime. I know what I said. And I'm disgusted and ashamed of myself for the lies that I told."

Co-defendant Trevin Sanders Roark, Rhoades' accomplice, told police he smoked meth with Rhoades before concocting a plan to break into the Grube's home. He said the two believed pills, money, electronics, and jewelry were inside the home.

Roark pleaded guilty to two counts of murder earlier this year for his role in the killings. He has yet to be sentenced.

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