EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) –  A man pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting and then killing an Alton woman last December.

51-year-old Perry L. Henderson, who told the judge during an earlier court hearing that he preferred to be called “King Zeus”, admitted to one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Prosecutors say Henderson forced his way into the home of 73-year-old Sandra Wood, who was widely known as a community activist in the Alton area.

He sexually assaulted Wood and then strangled her.

By accepting the plea, Henderson avoids the death penalty, which was repealed this week by Governor Pat Quinn.

However, it’s an open plea — that means Henderson is facing 20-60 years in prison on the murder conviction, and 6-30 years for sexual assault.

He’ll be required to serve 100% of his sentence.

During a hearing earlier this month before Madison County Circuit Charles Romani Jr., Henderson was asked to confirm his identity.

Court records show he replied, “My name is King Zeus.  I’m a Scepter Nine blueblood.”

Copyright KMOX Radio


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