Huq Sentenced To 40 Years In 1989 Kelley Murder

By Jeff Neumeyer - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 10:40 AM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (21Alive) - The man who admitted to the the murder a Steuben County teenager 25 years ago learned his fate Monday.

Mahfuz Huq, 47, was sentenced to 40 years in prision in a plea deal where he admitted to the 1989 stabbing death of Todd Kelley, 19, of Hamilton Lake.

Huq admitted in November to coming to Kelley's home and confronting Kelley about a woman who was Huq's ex-girlfriend.

That's when Huq admitted to stabbing Kelley to death.

Huq then fled to his native Bangladesh, living a secret life as a teacher until he was caught in India in 2011.

Judge William Fee acknowledged before handing down Huq's sentence that Huq had gone a long way in reforming himself.

Still, Huq was given nearly the maximum sentence.

"I'm just relieved," Vern Kelley, Todd Kelley's father, says outside the Steuben County Courthouse after the sentence was handed down. "You could feel that he was going to get some kind of justice that we felt was just.

Monday would have been Todd Kelley's mother's birthday, Todd's sister Shannon Kelley says.

"I hope this is the best present ever," Shannon Kelley says.

Huq addressed the Kelley family in court, asking for forgiveness and wishing he could turn back time.

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