Teen pleads guilty to double murder of brothers

Prosecutors will recommend two consecutive life sentences with the chance for parole.
MCT Regional News
Oct 16, 2013

Michael Fay likely will spend the rest of his life in prison for the uncontrollable anger that led him to kill two teenage brothers.

Fay, now 18, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated murder. Prosecutors will recommend two consecutive life sentences with the chance for parole after serving 30 years on each sentence. Sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 18.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to drop four other charges against Fay: tampering with evidence, grand theft of a motor vehicle and two accounts of abuse of a corpse.

The charges were for killing Blake Romes, 17, and Blaine Romes, 14, on May 9. Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder released more details of the crime and said an argument led to Fay killing the brothers.

The three had been arguing about whether Fay’s older brother should return to the cramped trailer the three had shared with their mothers for less than a month at 1570 N. Perry St. Lot 61. The older brother, who is an adult, moved out days earlier but was considering returning, Schroeder said.

Fay became outraged over a difference of opinion with the Romes brothers. Later that evening, he left the trailer just after midnight and drove to Lima where he stopped by a Taco Bell for food, Schroeder said.

Fay didn’t cool off.

He drove to a storage unit and retrieved a .22 caliber handgun. He then drove back to Ottawa where he sat contemplating whether to shoot the brothers. Fay waited for a passing train to blow its whistle and shot Blaine once in the head killing him, Schroeder said.

Fay then walked into Blake’s bedroom and shot him once in the head. Fay eventually discovered the shot didn’t kill Blake so he strangled him to end Blake’s life, Schroeder said.

After killing the brothers, Fay took steps to try to hide their bodies. One brother was found under the trailer while another was found outside Ottawa along county Road 7. Fay fled to Columbus afterward and was caught later that day. A judge ordered he be tried as an adult. He was 17 at the time of the killings.

Fay sat in the courtroom wearing a shirt and tie, answering Judge Randall Basinger’s questions including explaining back to the judge the potential sentences he could receive.

Fay’s mother, Vickie Fay, sat in the courtroom stone faced holding the hand of her other son. Michelle Grothause, the mother of the Romes brothers, sat away from Vickie Fay, behind the prosecution table wiping away tears as Schroeder told the judge about the final moments of her sons’ lives.

Schroeder said he consulted with Grothause before agreeing to the plea deal. Schroeder said it was a good resolution giving the lengthy sentence Fay will receive including the chance he may never get out.

Schroeder also said more details will be released about the crime, including details of the argument that led to the killing, when Fay is sentenced.

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By Greg Sowinski - The Lima News, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

Gone2work

Oh my heart and prayers are with Michelle Grothause. I can't imagine going through losing two of my children. My only comforting thought is that the brothers are together.