Guilty plea in 2009 death of Harvey woman, prosecutors won’t pursue charges in 2 other deaths – Chicago Tribune
A Blue Island man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2009 death of a Harvey woman and the sexual assault of a girl in 2010 who was 15 at the time, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Sonny Pierce, now 38, who has been held at Cook County Jail on no bond since August 2010, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 7 at the Markham courthouse, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
He pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of 18-year-old Kiara Windom, who had been strangled and whose body was found in an alley on Chicago’s Southeast Side.
Pierce had been charged with the deaths of two other women, but the state’s attorney said Friday it will not prosecute charges in those cases pursuant to his guilty pleas in the murder and sexual assault cases.
He had been indicted in May 2011 on three counts of first-degree murder and prior to that had been held on a charge of a sexually assaulting the 15-year-old.
Along with killing Windom, he had been charged in the death of 18-year-old Kimika Coleman, of Chicago, who was found strangled in an alley in Blue Island; as well as in the death of 17-year-old Mariah Edwards, of Blue Island.
At the time of the indictment, prosecutors said Edwards’ lifeless body is shown on a sex tape authorities found on Pierce’s computer.
Authorities at the time said DNA recovered in the August 2010 sexual assault of the 15-year-old tied Pierce to the deaths of Coleman and Edwards. Pierce pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault in connection with the attack on the 15-year-old, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
At the time of his indictment, authorities said Pierce met young women on phone chat lines or the internet and would sexually assault them before killing them.