Bellaire Home Invasion Suspect Declared Competent

Photo by Robert A. DeFrank Diane Kuri and Thomas Grubba, co-defendants in a Bellaire home invasion that led to one of its participants being fatally shot, appear Monday in Belmont County Common Pleas Court.

Two co-defendants in a deadly home invasion attempt in Bellaire appeared Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato.

Thomas Grubba has been evaluated and determined to be competent to stand trial. His trial date was set for April 24 with a plea agreement deadline April 9. Grubba previously had been been ruled incompetent to stand trial due to his lack of understanding of the court system and was remanded to the Timothy B. Moritz Forensic Unit in Columbus to be restored to competency.

The charges stem from an incident last summer in Bellaire, during which Joshua Gorayeb, 34, of Wheeling, allegedly conspired with four others to invade a home at 4157 Noble St. for the purpose of stealing drugs. The occupants of the home were armed and, according to law enforcement, Gorayeb was shot and died at the scene. Grubba, 34, of Wheeling, was wounded but has recovered.

Grubba is the only co-defendant yet to be tried. All co-defendants originally were charged with robbery, aggravated burglary and complicity to robbery and burglary leading to a death. According to police, since the alleged crime led to a death, all co-defendants were subject to a charge of murder.

Another co-defendant, Diane Kuri, 28, of Wheeling, also was back in court Monday. She had been released in November due to her cooperation with law enforcement after her conviction for conspiracy to commit burglary, with three years of community controls imposed. On Monday, she admitted to probation violations including failure to report to her parole officer. Fregiato set her sentencing date for Feb. 26 and expressed displeasure at her treatment of a second chance.

“Ms. Kuri, you’ve done a lousy job taking advantage of the major break you received, you understand that? Let me be blunt about that,” Fregiato said. “You’ve done a lousy job. A gift was laid in your lap, which you spit upon. That’s how I view it.”

Kuri faces a sentence of one year in prison.