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Columbus man pleads guilty to 2007 double murder

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Michael Registe appeared before a Muscogee County Judge Friday afternoon, and pleaded guilty to the July 2007 murder of two Hardaway High School graduates.

Prosecutors says Registe shot and killed 21-year-old Randy Newton Jr. and 20-year-old Bryan Kilgore outside an apartment complex on Steam Mill Road.

After he was named a suspect registe fled to St. Marteen. He was then arrested by the FBI more than a year later, after he made the FBI's top 10 most wanted list.

Registe's trial was originally set to begin on Monday, but his attorney, Manny Arora said they decided to plea guilty earlier this week.

"We've been up to the Supreme Court twice on some issues, we unfortunately got unfavorable rulings, and once that happened the evidence was very strong against us so this was the best we could do with the charges pending against him," explained Arora.

As part of his extradition to the United States in 2008, the State was unable to pursue the death penalty. Instead, Registe will serve two concurrent life sentences. He is eligible for parole in 30 years.

The families of both victims said they are relieved that justice has been served. The father of one victim, 20-year-old Bryan Kilgore addressed the court, remembering the life of his son.

Registe's case was also featured on an episode of America's Most Wanted.

Liz Buckthorpe

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