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Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 12:00 AM
BUTLER COUNTY — An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Hamilton man who is serving a life sentence for ordering the retaliation shooting of two people at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge in August 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.