A federal judge has delayed the sentencing for Narcy Novack and her brother in the 2009 slayings of Novack's millionaire husband and mother-in-law.
Novack, 55, and Christobal Veliz, 59, were convicted on all but one of the 15 counts in the federal indictment for the murders of Ben Novack Jr. and his mother, Bernice. They originally were set to be sentenced on Nov. 1, but U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas in White Plains announced Monday that the sentencing will instead be held on Dec. 17.
Novack and Veliz each face up to life in prison.
Novack Jr., the 53-year-old son of the founder of the fabled Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, was fatally beaten with dumbbells in July 2009 at the Rye Brook Hilton by two men hired by Novack and Veliz. Three months earlier, hit men pummeled Bernice Novack, 86, to death with a wrench in her Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home.
Prosecutors argued that Narcy Novack wanted her estranged husband of 21 years and her mother-in-law dead so she could inherit the family fortune, estimated at $8 million. She feared that her husband was going to leave her for 40-year-old ex-pornographic actress Rebecca Bliss and that a prenuptial agreement would provide her with a mere $65,000.
During the trial, the defense suggested that May Abad, Narcy Novack's 36-year-old daughter, hired the hit men so that Abad and her two sons could inherit Novack Jr.'s fortune.
Novack and Veliz continue to proclaim their innocence while they await sentencing in the Westchester County Jail.
Earlier this month, NBC's "Dateline" released a July 13, 2009, taped police interview which revealed that Novack initially told police she believed that her husband had killed himself after becoming distraught because his cat died.
"May and I were thinking that he killed himself," she told investigators, alluding to conversations she had with her daughter. "Because when the cat died, he said he was going to kill himself."
Abad told "Dateline" her mother called her a traitor after discovering she was speaking to authorities about her suspicions.
"I knew what she had done was wrong," Abad said. "Even though she was my mother, I knew she was wrong."