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N.J. Man Gets Life in Fatal Kidnap

March 4, 2002

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ A man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the fatal kidnapping of a British computer consultant who had dated his ex-girlfriend.

Gregory Marcinski, 24, pleaded guilty in November to the federal charge of kidnapping resulting in death. He will have no chance of parole and waived his right to appeal the sentence.

Marcinski admitted that he posed as an FBI agent to get into Paul Gale’s room at the Holiday Inn in Florence, Ky., on April 17, 2000.

He strangled Gale, 28, with a nylon cord and took the body back to New Jersey, where he and an accomplice burned and buried it near Marcinski’s home in Brick. Authorities believe Gale, of Birmingham, England, was killed because he was dating Marcinski’s former girlfriend.

Gale’s sister, Rita Wallin, spoke on behalf of about 10 family members at the sentencing hearing.

``Losing Paul has left a void in all our lives,″ she said. ``Our lives have been changed forever.″

In February 2001, two acquaintances of Marcinski’s implicated him in the fatal kidnapping while pleading guilty to lesser federal charges. They are to be sentenced later this week.

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