STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (21Alive) -- The man who was suspected of fatally stabbing a man and has been evading authorities for approximately 25 years, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Friday.
Mahfuz Huq pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will be sentenced on April 4th. Huq will be held until sentencing. He could be sentenced to up to 50 years. There is a cap of 40 years executed so anything over 40 years will be suspended.
Mahfuz Huq is the man suspected of fatally stabbing a Hamilton Lake man 25 years ago. He appeared in court in October, and now his defense attorney is working with the county prosecutor's office on a plea agreement.
19-year-old Todd Kelley of Hamilton Lake was found stabbed to death in his home in August 1989. Huq was a suspect then but escaped U.S. authorities by leaving the United States, and returning to his home country of Bangladesh.
Investigators with Indiana State Police say Huq was able to avoid capture for 24 years by living under an alias. He was arrested on a trip to India, and eventually extradited to the United States. He's being held, without bond, in Steuben County.
Huq is due back in court in mid-November for his final pre-trial conference. At that point a plea agreement could be presented to the court, or the case could move on to trial.
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