OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — An 18-year-old who admitted killing two teenage brothers inside an Ohio mobile home they shared with their mothers apologized in court Monday and said he often wishes he would have turned the gun on himself.
A judge in northwest Ohio's Putnam County sentenced Michael Fay to life in prison. He won't be eligible for parole for 60 years. Fay pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder last month.
Fay shot 14-year-old Blaine Romes in the head May 9 while he was sleeping on a couch and then shot Blake Romes, 17, in his bedroom, after they had gotten into an argument about whether Fay's older brother should move back into the mobile home, prosecutors said.
Before he was sentenced, Fay said the two victims were like brothers to him. "I took away two boys that could have done great things for their community," he said.
Fay said he frequently has suicidal thoughts since the slayings.
He shot the boys with a gun he got from a storage unit while both mothers were at work, said Todd Schroeder, an assistant county prosecutor.
Fay had only moved into the trailer just a few weeks before the shootings.
The victims' mother said in a statement read in court that Fay had a lot of struggles in his life and wishes he would have received more help. "He took his best friends' lives and has to live with that daily," she said.
Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Randall Basinger called the killings cold-blooded and said Fay took many steps to plan the killings and cover them up.
Fay and the brothers were named in an Amber Alert in May after the Romes' mother discovered a gun and blood inside a trailer home where they lived.
Authorities at first believed that all three teens had been kidnapped after finding a bloody trail throughout the mobile home to the back door and tire tracks leading away from the trailer.
But only the Romes brothers were found dead.
Blaine was supposed to join his classmates on an eighth-grade class trip to Washington the morning he disappeared. His mother told a 911 dispatcher she left work because he was not answering his phone that morning.
Police found Fay later that afternoon at a gas station in Columbus, about 120 miles southeast of the trailer park in Ottawa.
He told officers that the Romes brothers were dead and pointed authorities to their bodies, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.