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Lawyer: Long Island, NYC hold-up suspect to plead guilty

Khalif House, of Floral Park, shown above between

Khalif House, of Floral Park, shown above between two Nassau detectives after his June arrest in connection with a string of robberies, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday, his lawyer said. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Floral Park man accused of more than two-dozen robberies at knife-point on Long Island and in Queens is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday in federal court in Central Islip, his lawyer said Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack set the date Wednesday after a brief status conference in the case of Khalif House.

House was arrested in June for the string of robberies between February and June of small businesses such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway sandwich shops, Carvel ice cream stores, and 7-Eleven. The stores were located in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk.

Azrack set the sentencing date after House’s attorney Murray Singer, of Port Washington, said he had only a few minor details to work out with federal prosecutors as to his client’s plea.

Afterward, Singer said he expected House to plead to a single count of conspiracy to commit robbery in interference of interstate commerce. Singer said he thought the sentencing guideline range for the plea would be up to eight years in prison.

Singer described his client as a “nice young man who developed a heroin habit.”

Eastern District prosecutor Paul Scotti declined to comment.

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