(ANGOLA) - Mahfuz Huq was given a 40 year sentence on Monday in Steuben Superior Court in the 1989 stabbing death of Todd Kelley in the bedroom of Kelley's home in Hamilton. Authorities say the victim was stabbed seven times including four times in the back. Huq was sentenced after he entered a guilty plea to an amended Class A felony count of voluntary manslaughter last November 22nd as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Huq was originally charged with murder. That count along with all other charges against Huq were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea as Judge William Fee accepted the plea agreement at the end of a three hour hearing which at times got very emotional. Kelley's father Vern was among the family members who made a statement before the sentence was handed down. He said Huq was a cold blooded murderer while Kelley's sister Shannon said the defendant was a coward. Huq sobbed as he said he was sorry for his actions and asked for forgiveness. The defense called four witnesses who had worked with Huq when he was a teacher and coach at a school in Bangladesh from 2004 until 2011. They painted a much different portrait of a man who ran from authorities for 22 years before he was captured in India in February of 2011. One witness said he had a positive impact on the community where he taught. In handing down the maximum executed sentence under terms of the plea agreement, Judge Fee told Huq that while he has shown remorse, the defendant did not take responsibility for the Kelley death which the judge called an heinous offense.
Prosecutor Mike Hess, Indiana State Police Detective Kevin Smith and Todd Kelley's father Vern speak with reporters following Monday's sentencing hearing.