OTTAWA, Ohio — The 18-year-old accused of shooting to death two brothers today entered guilty pleas in Putnam County Common Pleas Court.
Michael Aaron Fay entered guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated murder for each of the May 9 shooting deaths of Blake Aaron Romes, 17, and his brother, Blaine Romes, 14.
When he is sentenced, the Putnam County prosecutor will recommend Fay receive consecutive sentences of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years. That means that he will have to serve 60 years before his first chance at parole.
Assistant county prosecutor Todd Schroeder said in court today that Fay killed the boys after he got into an argument with them.
He then left one body at the mobile home he shared with the boys, their mother, and his mother, and dumped another in a field before heading to Columbus. When stopped in Columbus later that day, he gave information to police that led to the discovery of the bodies.
A sentencing date has yet to be set but when Fay is sentenced, four other counts he was originally charged with will be dropped: two counts of abusing a corpse, a count of motor vehicle theft, and a count of tampering with evidence.