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18-year-old pleads guilty in killings of 2 brothers

TOLEDO, Ohio — An 18-year-old admitted Tuesday that he killed two teenage brothers inside a mobile home they shared with their mothers in northwest Ohio after an argument.

Michael Fay pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder in a Putnam County court and faces up to life in prison at his sentencing next month.

Fay and the brothers had gotten into an argument and he left the trailer just after midnight May 9, stopping at a fast-food restaurant and then at a storage unit owned by his mother where he retrieved a gun, said Todd Schroeder, an assistant county prosecutor. Both mothers were at work.

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Fay returned to the mobile home and shot 14-year-old Blaine Romes in the head while he was sleeping on a couch and then shot Blake Romes, 17, in his bedroom, Schroeder said.

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Fay fired the first shot when he heard a train coming down a track directly behind the trailer, Schroeder said. ‘‘He waited for the whistle blow,’’ he said, apparently to mask the sound of the gunshot.

Fay didn’t make a statement during the brief hearing. He had been scheduled to go on trial in November.

Schroeder said he will recommend consecutive life sentences with the chance of parole after he serves 60 years in prison.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped four other charges. Fay could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison with no parole.

Associated Press