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Suspect admits guilt in 2002 murder in Saratoga Springs

Suspect admits guilt in 2002 murder in Saratoga Springs

A Bronx man admitted Friday in federal court in Burlington, Vt., to killing the man who helped him r

A Bronx man admitted Friday in federal court in Burlington, Vt., to killing the man who helped him rob two marijuana dealers in 2002.

Roger K. Aletras Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit interstate armed robbery and murder while using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

He is expected to be sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on April 6.

Aletras admitted that on Dec. 16, 2002, he and Kevin Arkenau, 25, of New Jersey, drove to Vermont and robbed two marijuana dealers from upstate New York at gunpoint in South Burlington.

They stole 50 pounds of marijuana and a vehicle.

After checking into a hotel room in Saratoga Springs with a duffel bag filled with the stolen high-grade marijuana, Aletras killed Arkenau by shooting him twice in the head, then returned to the Bronx with the stolen drugs.

A hotel employee at the Sheraton Hotel on Broadway, now called the Saratoga Hilton, found Arkenau’s body in the room the next afternoon.

Aletras is currently serving a 17-year federal prison sentence in Minersville, Pa., for possessing a handgun as a felon. In return for his plea Friday, Aletras will be sentenced to an additional 15 years on April 6.

That brings his total federal prison term to 32 years. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

He was indicted in January on five federal counts: possession with intent to distribute marijuana, traveling from New York to Vermont to commit armed robbery, using a firearm in a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence, using a firearm to commit murder and having a firearm after having seven previous convictions.

Aletras also has six previous felony convictions for burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

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