Man sentenced in 2008 murder of Euclid woman

1:59 PM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A judge has sentenced a man to life in prison for the 2008 murder of a Euclid woman.

Richard Penque, 24, would be eligible for parole after 33 years.

Police found the victim, Marilyn Habian, 54, dead of a gunshot wound to the chest in her Ball Avenue home on April 7, 2008. Prosecutors say, Penque was a neighbor who then put combustibles on the stove to set the home on fire after shooting Habian.   Habian worked as a Cleveland teacher.

A grand jury indicted Penque in September 2011, one day before he was due to be released from prison for an unrelated assault in Chester Township.

A jury convicted Penque of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and attempted arson on October 12 of this year.


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