CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Before his trial that was scheduled to begin today, Antonio Henry pleaded guilty to killing Reverend David Strong in 2010.

His guilty plea of second-degree murder and a 20-year prison term in Judge Don Poole's courtroom for the fatal beating of strong could have resulted in a life sentence if the original charges of first-degree murder stood.

Henry, 28, and his cousin, 19-year-old Brendan Barnes were originally charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of Strong.

In a jailhouse interview in 2010 with our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Henry said he and Barnes beat Strong to death after he sexually propositioned them while the three were smoking marijuana.