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25-year Chapter Closes, Murder Suspect Sentenced

Murder suspect Mahfuz Huq was sentenced Monday in Steuben County Court.
An international fugitive who ran from local authorities has learned his fate. Almost 25 years ago a man in Hamilton, Indiana was murdered. The suspect, Mahfuz Huq, fled to a country in Asia where he hid for more than 20 years. Today he was sentenced for that murder to 40-years in prison.

"For a case that's 25 years old, we feel ok that he’s getting 40 years and its at least the beginning of the end for a very long process for us," said Shannon Kelley, the victim’s only sibling.

In 1989 Huq stabbed Todd Kelley to death at his Hamilton home. Huq admitted to the killing in November when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter out of jealousy over a woman. One day after the murder Huq fled the country to Bangladesh where he carried out a new life for 22 years under the alias name of Asif Haque.

Huq was arrested in 2011 then extradited back to Indiana last year where he will spend the next four decades. Todd's sister Shannon and father Vern left the courtroom wearing smiles.

"Justice was served," said Vern Kelley.

"Nobody existed in that courtroom except me and him. I've waited 25 years for that," said Shannon Kelley.

 What was once a four person family is just down to two. Shannon's mother passed away five years ago with what she calls a broken heart.

"Today is my mother’s birthday and I just want to say happy birthday and I hope this is the best present ever," she said.

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