AKRON -- A 20-year-old Akron man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after admitting guilt in the deaths of his housemates.
The sentence comes after Robert Thomas Pitts pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Bryan May, 53, and Jeremy Putra, 20.
Both victims were found stabbed to death inside their West Akron home on July 17, 2013.
Pitts surrendered to police the following day in Chicago. He had been living with the victims for several weeks before killing them.
Pitts was originally eligible for the death penalty. After conferring with the 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.
"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 Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says. "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."