Simi Man Sentenced For Killing Stepson

Thursday July 11, 2019

     A Simi Valley man was sentenced Thursday for killing his stepson almost three years ago.

   On August 4th, 2016, Howard Novak fatally stabbed 28-year-old Kelly Hughes during a verbal altercation in their home in the 2200 block of Heitter Avenue.

   He was charged with murder but claimed on the witness stand during his trial it was self defense.

   They jury came back with a guilty verdict for voluntary manslaughter.

   The judge sentenced Novak, now 65-years-old, to 12 years in state prison.

   During the sentencing hearing his family members said they did not believe his self defense claim but Novak submitted a written statement to the court still claiming it was self defense.