Euclid man found guilty of killing Cleveland teacher in 2008

CLEVELAND - The man accused of killing a Cleveland teacher in 2008 was found guilty on Friday.

Richard Penque, of Euclid, was burglarizing a Ball Avenue house on April 7, 2008 when the owner, Marilyn Habian, came home, prosecutors said.

Penque shot the teacher in the chest and locked her in a utility room. Authorities said he also placed paper on the stove to try to set the house on fire.

On Friday, Penque was found guilty of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated burglary, kidnapping, attempted aggravated arson and tampering with evidence, court officials said. He will be sentenced on Nov. 13.

Penque was indicted more than a year ago in the cold case. Police said he was always a suspect, but they didn't have enough evidence for the indictment.

Habien was a teacher at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School in Cleveland.

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