CELINA, Ohio – A teenager pleaded guilty to participating in the shooting deaths of a man with disabilities and his daughter, who had been bound with duct tape during a robbery at their farmhouse in western Ohio near the Indiana state line.
A second man charged in the slayings has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Trevin Sanders, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges Thursday in Mercer County, north of Dayton, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
His sentencing is scheduled for April 15, and he faces up to life without parole.
Colleen Grube, 47, and her father, 70-year-old Robert Grube, were found dead in November 2011 by a relative in the ransacked home on a lonely country road surrounded by farm fields outside the village of Fort Recovery.
The farmhouse slayings stunned residents in the rural communities of west-central Ohio where violent crimes are rare.
Sanders, who had been in prison in Indiana since October 2012 on unrelated theft charges, and 23-year-old Bryant Rhoades were charged last March in the slayings.
Rhoades has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.
Both are from Union City, a town that straddles Indiana and Ohio.
Mercer County prosecutor Matt Fox said in court Thursday that Sanders said he shot Colleen Grube several times and that Rhoades then shot the woman’s father, who was found in his wheelchair.