COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A man who fled overseas after a 2007 double-slaying in Columbus has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports 30-year-old Michael Jason Registe will serve two life sentences simultaneously after agreeing to the plea deal Friday. His trial in the killings of 21-year-old Randy Newton Jr. and 20-year-old Bryan Kilgore had been scheduled to begin Monday. Both men were found shot in the head outside an apartment complex in July 2007.
Registe fled overseas and become 1 of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives. Authorities on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten captured Registe in August 2008. He was returned to the United States nearly a year later on condition that prosecutors would not seek the death penalty.
Registe will be eligible for parole in 2038.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.