Convicted murderer pleads for life before sentencing

WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Austin Myers, the 19-year-old convicted of murdering a Waynesville teen, spoke for the first time Monday in a Warren County courtroom before jurors began sentence deliberations.

"If you choose for me to die, it's only going to cause more pain and suffering for another family," Myers said to the jury that found him guilty last week of charges including aggravated murder and kidnapping.

The Warren County Prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for Myers. If the jury declines to choose life in prison, Myers would be the youngest death row inmate in Ohio, according to the Dayton Daily News.

In his statement, Myers apologized to Justin Back's family. Myers killed Back, a Navy-recruit, in his Waynesville home in January then dumped the body in Preble County.

"I'm asking you not to do this, to my brothers and my sisters," Myers said to jurors after naming each of his siblings and parents.

Jurors will deliberate before making a recommendation on life in prison or execution for Myers. The judge will make the final decision.

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