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Fla. woman to be sentenced in husband’s N.Y. killing

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A Florida woman convicted of arranging the killings of her millionaire husband and mother-in-law is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

A disgusted Narcy Novack, apparently certain that she would be found guilty, decided not to attend in June when a federal jury’s verdict was read, and it was not clear whether she would be in the courtroom when her sentence is pronounced.

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She and her brother, Cristobal Veliz, were convicted of hiring hit men to carry out the 2009 beating deaths of Ben Novack Jr. in a suburban New York hotel room and Bernice Novack at her Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home.

Ben Novack was the son of the man who built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, which appeared in the movies ‘‘Scarface’’ and ‘‘Goldfinger.’’

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The sentence will be bad news too — the US attorney’s office has asked Judge Kenneth Karas to send Novack, 56, to prison for life, and her own lawyer is suggesting a 27-year stretch.

He argues that she had only a minor role in Bernice Novack’s death and was ‘‘substantially less culpable than other participants.’’

He also said her crime-free background and her age should be considered.

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Veliz’s lawyer has not submitted a sentencing recommendation.

Associated Press

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