Friday, August 11, 2000

Charge of posing as agent dropped

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A New Jersey man charged with kidnapping his ex-lover's new boyfriend from a Florence hotel — who was later found dead near his home — will not stand trial Monday on a federal charge of impersonating an FBI agent.

        The charge was withdrawn against Gregory J. Marcinski so Kentucky can pursue the more serious charge of capital kidnapping, said Joseph Famularo, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

        Mr. Marcinski is charged with abducting Paul Jeffrey Gale, 28, a native of Great Britain, on April 17.

        Mr. Gale's burned body was found in a shallow grave on April 27, about 2 miles from Mr. Marcinski's home in New Jersey. FBI agents said Mr. Gale had been strangled.

        Mr. Gale had recently started dating Mr. Marcinski's ex-girlfriend, Darla Guidie of New Jersey.

        Mr. Marcinski has told federal investigators that he tracked down Mr. Gale at the hotel to “clear the air.”

        He posed as an FBI agent to get hotel personnel to escort him to Mr. Gale's room.

        The 23-year-old Brick, N.J., man had pleaded not guilty to the impersonation charge, which carries a three-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine.

        Mr. Marcinski remained in federal custody at the Kenton County jail Thursday evening.

        He could face the death penalty if convicted of the capital kidnapping charge in Boone County.

        Kentucky law allows capital punishment in cases in which a kidnap victim is not released.

        Mr. Gale was abducted from the Clarion Hotel Riverview in Covington, where he had been staying while working as a computer consultant for a Kentucky company, investigators said.

        Mr. Marcinski could also face charges in New Jersey because that is where Mr. Gale's body was found, said Mr. Famularo.

        So far, no charge has been filed in New Jersey.


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