Jury finds Euclid man guilty of murdering his neighbor

Jury finds Euclid man guilty of murdering his neighbor

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Jurors in Cleveland has found a Euclid man guilty of killing his neighbor.

Richard Penque was convicted Friday on several charges including aggravated murder, burglary, kidnapping and attempted aggravated arson.

Penque murdered his neighbor 54-year old Marilyn Habian, in her Euclid home, back in 2008.  The Cleveland school teacher was shot.  Penque then set her stove on fire.

This was a cold case crime until a year ago when new questions over evidence from the murder scene surfaced.  The victim's ex-husband says now the family has some closure.  They spent years trying to figure out who would do something like this to their loved one.

"Marilyn was loved by so many children, so many teachers. She was just a wonderful human being and no one on this planet would even have a reason to have anything against her," said Cliff Habian.

Penque could get life in prison.  The 24-year old will be sentenced November 13th.

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