Man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing friend, friend's father

Victims had opened their home to suspect at a time of need.
MCT Regional News
Jun 23, 2014

An Akron man pleaded guilty Monday to fatally stabbing his friend and the friend’s father — two people who had opened their home to him at a time of need.

Robert Thomas Pitts, 20, of South Rose Boulevard, told prosecutors he killed Bryan May, 53, and Jeremy Putra, 20.

May and his son were found stabbed to death inside their West Akron home July 17, 2013.

Pitts surrendered to police the next day in Chicago. He had been living with May and Putra for several weeks before murdering them.

“Bryan May and Jeremy Putra were kind men who took in a friend in need. Tragically, they paid for that kindness with their lives,” Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh said. “It is my hope that their friends and family can truly begin to heal now that they know Robert Thomas Pitts will spend the remainder of his life behind bars.”

Pitts originally was eligible for the death penalty. After conferring with investigators and the victims’ family, a plea agreement was reached in which Pitts would be sentenced to life in prison. He will not be eligible for parole.

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