His sentencing in August of 2014-Rhoades pleaded to guilty by the way of Alford Plea, allowing him to maintain his innocence while still pleading guilty.
What is the Alford plea? In United States law, it is a guilty plea in criminal court,whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence. In entering an Alford plea, the defendant admits that the evidence presented by the prosecution would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Two aggravated murder charges he was given received two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus an additional three years for a gun specifications, sentenced to serve 11 years (served concurrently) for each of the aggravated robbery charges and the aggravated burglary charge.
The following was sent to the Outlook’s Facebook page in-box yesterday:
My brother is in prison for the murders of Robert and Colleen Grube. This incident took place in November, 2011 in Mercer County. My brother’s name is Bryant Rhoades.
I have paid our attorneys and since, they’ve requested all the evidence from Mercer County to include 2 DNA profiles of criminals still running free today.
Detectives engineered statements out of my brother by showing him pictures and giving him hints of the crime scene to also include showing him pictures of the victims. My brother has zero material evidence found at (the) crime.
Ohio Innocence Project in Cincinnati has been on my brother’s case for over 5 years. We’re waiting on their 22 boxes of paperwork to get sent to our attorneys in Cleveland.
Back to the DNA. Multiple times, OIP has requested the DNA from Mercer County. And multiple times, they’ve been denied. Our attorneys just requested the DNA but no promises.
I reached out to Parabon Nanolabs months ago and they emailed me back and told me to let Mercer County know that they would help. Mercer County detective Doug Timmerman told me that the ppl who the DNA belongs to are probably dead already and that testing the DNA wouldn’t be much help. They have deliberately tried to keep this DNA from the public because they know that my brother had nothing to do with it. They kept running into dead ends and used Bryant as a scapegoat.