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Slain millionaire’s wife gets life term

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A woman convicted of orchestrating the beating deaths of her millionaire husband and mother-in-law was sentenced Monday to life in prison. The judge also called her a coward for skipping the court session.

Narcy Novack, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., waived her right to appear at the sentencing, apparently in protest, and listened from a prisoner holding area in an adjoining room.

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Judge Kenneth Karas called it ‘‘her final act of cowardice.’’

Novack did the same in June when she and her brother, Cristobal Veliz, were convicted of hiring hit men who carried out the 2009 beating deaths of Ben Novack Jr. in New York and Bernice Novack in Florida. Veliz, of Brooklyn, also got a life prison term.

A thug who admitted killing Ben Novack testified that Narcy Novack ordered her husband’s eyes sliced with a knife and offered a pillow to muffle his screams.

Three months earlier, Novack’s mother, 86, was killed.

Prosecutors said Narcy Novack feared her husband would divorce her and a prenuptial agreement would bar her from the multimillion­ dollar family estate.

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