Monday, May 01, 2000

Kidnap suspect headed to Ky.

Murder charge may be added

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — The New Jersey man suspected of kidnapping a British computer consultant from a Florence motel and killing him is headed back to Kentucky.

        The FBI said Sunday deputy federal marshals are bringing Gregory J. Marcinski, 23, of Brick, N.J., to Covington, where he will make his first appearance in U.S. District Court.

        He faces a federal charge of impersonating an FBI agent during the kidnapping.

        Mr. Marcinski also is charged in Kentucky court with kidnapping. “The kid napping charge originally is a Class B felony which carries 10 to 20 years in the penitentiary,” said Linda Tally Smith, assistant commonwealth attorney for Boone County.

        “If the victim is released but received a serious physi cal injury the punishment is elevated to a Class A felony punishable by 20 to life.

        “If the victim is never released alive the punishment is elevated to a capital offense.”

        Mr. Marcinski also could be charged with murder wherever Mr. Gale was killed and that could also be a capital case.

        “He has the potential of facing a second capital offense because of the homicide itself,” Ms. Smith said.

        The Kentucky Supreme Court says it is not double jeopardy for a person to receive capital punishment for kidnapping in one county and receiving the same sentence for killing the victim elsewhere, Ms. Smith said.

        FBI officials could not say when Mr. Marcinski would arrive, only that it will be soon.

        Authorities say Mr. Marcinski kidnapped Paul Jeffrey Gale, 28, on April 17 from the Florence Holiday Inn. Police said Mr. Marcinski drove from his home in New Jersey to the hotel and, pos ing as an FBI agent, handcuffed Mr. Gale and drove away.

        A federal affidavit said Mr. Marcinski was despondent because Mr. Gale was dating his former girlfriend.

        The affidavit said Mr. Marcinski told FBI Agent Larry Adams that he drove to Florence and picked up Mr. Gale because he wanted to “clear the air.”

        Mr. Marcinski told authorities he and Mr. Gale drove around for an hour or two early that morning, but he said he dropped off Mr. Gale in a motel parking lot near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        Mr. Gale asked to be left there, the suspect said, because a co-worker staying in the motel would take him back to his hotel. Mr. Gale, a salesman from Manchester, England, was an employee of TRW Integrated Supply of Mount Laurel, N.J.

        FBI agents found Mr. Gale's body in a shallow grave last week in a swampy area near Brick, N.J. They have said his shirtless body showed “ligature markings” on the neck and burns from a flammable liquid.


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