TAMPA, Fla. – Jy’Quale Samari Grable, 20, Tampa, has been found guilty of conspiracy, robbery, and first-degree premeditated murder.
Grable faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 16, 2023. Jy’Quale Grable was indicted on February 1, 2022.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on December 22, 2020, Jy’Quale Grable, Elijah Bell, and Aquavious Smith drove to the Valrico Station Apartments in Brandon, Florida to conduct a robbery.
Grable and Smith went to the victim’s third-floor apartment, while Bell stayed in the car.
On the back patio of the apartment, Grable shot the victim in the neck, severing his spinal cord, and killing him instantly.
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Grable then shot a second victim in the chest, perforating his heart and lung, which also lead to his death.
At approximately 9:00 p.m., neighbors heard the gunshots and saw blood dripping down from the third-floor back balcony apartment.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies immediately responded and secured the scene.
According to evidence presented at trial, Grable later deleted Snapchat messages and phone calls from his phone, had family members dispose of the murder weapon, and burned his bloody clothing.
Elijah Bell pleaded guilty on April 13, 2022, and Aquavious Smith did so on June 7, 2022. Both are pending sentencing.