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Defendant pleads guilty in Bellaire homicide case

The fourth defendant in a Bellaire homicide case pleaded guilty Friday in Belmont County.

The fourth defendant in a Bellaire homicide case pleaded guilty Friday in Belmont County.

Michael Posey, 34, pleaded guilty before Judge John Vavra to two amended counts of burglary and involuntary manslaughter. Both are felony charges.

The counts were connected to the Bellaire attempted robbery case that left one dead and another wounded in the street.

As a result of the plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the two remaining charges of robbery and complicity.

Posey served as the transportation to Bellaire on June seventh.

Five individuals have been charged in the Bellaire case, which police believe was a deadly conspiracy to steal drugs from co-defendant Lola Eden’s home on Noble Street.

Joshua Gorayeb, 34, died at the scene while Thomas Grubba was found shot, but alive, in the street.

Grubba is now the only defendant whose charges remain on hold, as he was found temporarily incompetent to stand trial.

Meanwhile, Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk said today's hearing is a positive step toward the completion of the case.

"We have to recognize that Belmont County has a great justice system,” Chief Kovalyk said. “Things are done thoroughly. Whether it's the prosecution or defense the victims or the defendants, everyone is treated fairly and equally."

Posey could face up to a maximum of six years in prison and a $20,000 fine when he's sentenced Dec. 27.

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