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Courts

  • Defendant pleads guilty in beating death
    A 23-year-old Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Friday to murder, felony murder and robbery -- all the charges pending against him in connection with the August beating death of 78-year-old Diane Woods inside her north-side home.
  • 582-pound pot bust delivers plea deal
    A man connected to a quarter-ton marijuana haul last spring admitted to his role in intending to deal the drug. Alvaro Rivera-Arvayo, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S.
  • Ex-inmate suing Adams County Sheriff, officer
    A former inmate at the Adams County Jail has sued the sheriff and a confinement officer in federal court, alleging she was the repeated victim of sexual assaults while in custody on a drug charge.
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Life sentence issued in Mercer slayings

CELINA, Ohio – One of two men charged in the 2011 home-invasion slayings of a disabled man and his caretaker daughter in Fort Recovery has been sentenced to life in prison.

Bryant Rhoades, 23, was charged in March 2013 in the killings of Colleen Grube, 47, and her father Robert Grube, 70. They were found dead and bound by duct tape in November 2011 in their ransacked farm home.

The Lima News reported (http://bit.ly/1q8gIav) Rhoades pleaded guilty Tuesday, after he originally backed out of a first plea deal attempt and demanded a trial. The prosecution sought the death penalty for Rhodes but agreed to the plea deal sparing his life.

Rhoades’ co-defendant Trevin Sanders, who was 17 at the time of the crime, has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

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