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US man gets time served in hotel heir’s death

July 2, 2013

WHITE PLAINS, New York (AP) — A Nicaraguan-born man who admitted being the driver for two men in the beating death of a U.S. millionaire was sentenced to time served in connection with the 2009 killing.

Denis Ramirez was sentenced in federal court in New York. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said he has been jailed since his arrest, or approximately two years.

Spokesman Herb Hadad said Ramirez’s cooperation with the government in its investigation into the death of Ben Novack Jr. was cited at his sentencing. Ramirez is likely to be deported.

Ramirez pleaded guilty in February 2011 to driving two men to a New York state hotel, where Novack was found dead.

Novak was the son of the builder of the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, a celebrity hangout in the 1950s and ’60s that appeared in the movies “Scarface” and “Goldfinger.”

Novack’s wife, Narcy Novack, and her brother were convicted of hiring hit men for the beating deaths of Novack and his mother, Bernice Novack.

The 53-year-old Ben Novack Jr. was beaten to death with dumbbells in July 2009 in his bed. A man who admitted carrying out the killing 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 86-year-old mother, Bernice, was killed in Florida by being hit in the teeth and head with a plumber’s wrench.

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