Rather than face a jury in Pottawatomie County District Court, a Shawnee man pleaded guilty to charges filed in the 2016 death of a 91-year-old Shawnee resident.

Rather than face a jury in Pottawatomie County District Court, a Shawnee man pleaded guilty to charges filed in the 2016 death of a 91-year-old Shawnee resident.

Johnnie C. Henson II, 38, was scheduled for a jury trial this week, but instead pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge. His formal sentencing is now scheduled for Nov. 1.

Henson was charged in the death of Florence Fife, 91. She was found stabbed to death in her Shawnee home in the 1200 block of East Main on Oct. 22, 2016.

Shawnee Police Detective Jason Crouch said Fife was found dead after relatives who help care for her became concerned when they couldn’t reach her by phone.

Crouch, who said there were signs of forced entry into the home, confirmed Fife was stabbed in the neck and that her home had been ransacked.

Shawnee police investigated the case and within days tracked down and arrested three suspects — two were charged with first-degree murder and third was charged in an accessory complaint.

While awaiting formal sentencing, Henson remains jailed without bond in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.

The other murder defendant in this case, Joseph Dean Langford III, 39, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to served life in prison without the possibility of parole. He remains jailed in Pottawatomie County while awaiting transfer to the Department of Corrections.

Dustin C. Younger, 27, was also charged with the felony crime of accessory to first-degree murder in connection with this case and is awaiting adjudication. DOC records show Younger is currently incarcerated on unrelated drug charges.

Funeral services for Fife were held Oct. 29, 2016 in Shawnee.

Fife, who was born in West Virginia, made Shawnee her home in 1990.

According to obituary information, during World War II, Fife worked in the Pentagon for the War Department and her job was to keep the European Theater supplied with what was needed for guns, tanks and ammo.

She met her husband, John W. Fife, while he was on military leave before going to Europe. They corresponded during the war and married in 1945. They lived in Texas for 35 years and then moved to the Tulsa area in 1980. They retired to Shawnee in 1990 and made their home here; he preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, her siblings and many other family members and friends.