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I-TEAM: All three suspects, two victims in Hamilton drive-by shooting had prison records

Posted at 12:41 AM, Aug 05, 2016

HAMILTON, Ohio - The two victims and three suspects arrested following Wednesday's double-fatal drive-by shooting in Hamilton have prison records, the I-TEAM discovered through court documents.

Investigators say 22-year-old Zachary Harris, 21-year-old Tony Patete, and 35-year-old Melinda Gibby shot and killed Orlando Gilbert and Todd Berus.

The victims, who were 25 and lived in Hamilton, were sitting in a car on busy Central Avenue when the trio drove by and started shooting, police said.

The I-TEAM checked the criminal backgrounds of everyone involved because Gilbert was shot at Doubles night club 10 days ago.

Gilbert was on parole at the time of his death.  He was released in February after spending six years in prison for aggravated robbery.

Berus was also on parole at the time of his death. He spent six months in prison on a retaliation charge and just got out last Friday. Berus had previously served three years for felony assault.

All three suspects were from the Columbus area.

Harris was on parole when police arrested him Wednesday. He spent three years in prison for aggravated robbery and was released in March.

Tony Patete also spent six months in prison for having sexual contact with a minor. He was released on July 12.

None of the men ever spent time at the same prisons.

The only woman said to be involved, Melinda Gibby, has a long rap sheet of drug convictions dating back over a decade, including drug trafficking and cocaine possession.

She was last released from prison in January of 2015.

RELATED: Hamilton drive-by victim was also shot at Doubles Bar.