Euclid man Richard Penque sentenced for murder of Cleveland teacher Marilyn Habian

CLEVELAND - The man who killed a Cleveland teacher in 2008 while burglarizing her home has been sentenced.

Robert Penque, 24, received a sentence of life in prison with parole possible after 33 years.

On April 7, 2008, Marilyn Habian, 54, was found shot to death in the basement of her home on Ball Avenue in Euclid.

The medical examiner determined Habian died from a single gunshot wound to her chest. Her body was found locked in a utility room.

Penque was Habian's neighbor who lived across the street. Prosecutors said he killed Habian and then put paper on the stove to try and set the house on fire.

After the case went cold, police were able to gather enough evidence and indict Penque on Sept. 30, 2011, the day before he was scheduled to be released from prison for an assault in Chesterland in 2009.

On Oct. 12, 2012, a jury found Penque guilty of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, attempted aggravated arson and tampering with evidence.

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

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