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Man enters 2nd guilty plea in spree killings

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Posted at 10:31 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 22:43:56-05

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. -- A man already convicted of killing his girlfriend in Ohio pleaded guilty Friday to murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence in Kentucky.

Michael Alan Wilcox, 28, of Brown County, Ohio, admitted to killing Courtney Fowler and Zachary Gilkison. Fowler was killed in Felicity, Ohio home she shared with Wilcox; Gilkison was found in the basement of his Elsmere, Kentucky home.

Both were killed on April 16, 2015.

Wilcox tried to get a police officer to shoot him when he was arrested.

Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said Wilcox originally told investigators that lyrics to songs by rappers Drake and Lil' Wayne told him to commit the murders, but psychological evaluations found he was faking mental illness. 

When Wilcox pleaded guilty to killing Fowler in September, he blamed heroin for his crimes, but officials were skeptical.

Wilcox was sentenced to 18 years to life in Ohio; Sanders said prosecutors would recommend a life sentence in Kentucky for the murder of Gilkison.