Michael Grevious II gets sentenced to life without parole

Hamilton man convicted in bar shooting retaliation murder to continue serving life sentence

Michael Grevious II, now 26, was found guilty of aggravated murder following a trial in April 2018.

On the other charges — having weapons under disability and felonious assault — Grevious was found not guilty. Those charges were related to gun violence at the former Doubles Bar in July 2016 that killed his relative, Kalif Goins.

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After the Doubles Bar shooting, Grevious recruited Zachary Harris to kill Orlando Gilbert, who was shot at Doubles, for $5,000, according to prosecutors.

Harris and two ex-convicts, Tony Patete and Melinda Gibby, drove about 90 miles from Fairfield County, Ohio, to Butler County and spent several days driving around Hamilton in search of their target, investigators alleged.

Then on Aug. 3, a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Gibby pulled up next to a black Ford Mustang occupied by Gilbert and Todd Berus. Patete, the front-seat passenger of the truck, opened fire with an AK-47 multiple times, killing Gilbert and Berus, according to court documents.

Michael Grevious II, sitting with attorneys James Bogen, left, and David Washington, right, was sentenced to life without the possiblility of parole Friday, April 27 in Butler County Common Pleas Court in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

After a mitigation hearing, the jury recommenced life in prison for Grevious, sparing him the death penalty.

Before sentencing Grevious told the judge he believed he had been treated unfairly.

“I feel like I was treated unfair because I was charged with felonious assault, that right there, it feels like I got convicted on the other charges,” Grevious told the judge.

Grevious was found not guilty of felonious assault and having weapons under disability in connection to the Doubles Bar shooting in July 2016.

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On appeal, Grevious argued several errors were made in his case, including denying appellant’s motion to sever charges involving the July shooting and the retaliation shooting days later, admitting evidence that a witness made an identification of appellant from a photographic lineup during the investigation, ineffective assistance of counsel because of counsel’s decision to withdraw a motion to suppress and that his rights were violated in seizure of evidence from a home.

The 12th District Court of Appeals disagreed with all of the arguments included in the appeal and upheld Grevious’ conviction and sentence.

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