Fay pleads guilty to murder
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 5:47 AM
OTTAWA - During a pre-trial hearing Tuesday morning, Michael Fay pled guilty to killing two Ottawa boys. He faces up to two consecutive life sentences without parole.
Michael Fay is shown with his attorney Bill Kluge during Tuesday's pre-trial. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Fay, now 18, was accused of killing brothers Blake, 17, and Blaine Romes, 14, on the morning of May 9. The three teens and their mothers shared a house trailer in Ottawa.Todd Schroeder, Putnam County Assistant Prosecutor, outlined the events leading up to the killings.
He said Fay and the Romes brothers got into an argument on the evening of May 8. Later that night, while the Romes brothers were asleep, Fay remained angry. After taking a shower, he left the trailer to drive to a Taco Bell in Lima. He arrived there at 1:06 a.m. on May 9.
Schroeder said the Taco Bell was only one mile from a storage unit where he drove to obtain a gun.
Fay returned to the trailer, then waited until a train was going by around 2:18 a.m.. When the train blew its whistle, Fay shot Blaine in the head. Schroeder said Blaine was sleeping on the couch.
Fay then decided to finish the job and went into the bedroom where Blake was sleeping. Fay then shot Blake and "additional acts of violence occurred," according to Schroeder.
Schroeder said Fay then took steps to conceal and hide the evidence.
The state is recommending 30 years to life for each charge of aggravated murder. Judge Randall Basinger reminded Fay that these sentences could run consecutively.
Other charges, including abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and grand theft of a motor vehicle, were dismissed. The defense has requested a pre-sentence report. Sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Judge Randall Basinger also announced that Elida is the school of record for Fay. The state filed a motion earlier this month to determine the school of record. It was indicated that Fay's custodial parent, Victoria Fay, is a resident of Ottawa. At the time the alleged acts in question were committed, Fay was a 2012-13 student at Elida High School in Allen County.
Following the hearing, Fay was ordered to return to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center.