April 8, 1994 |
A federal appeals court yesterday threw out fines totaling $2.25 million imposed on Arthur and Irene Seale, the North Jersey couple who pleaded guilty in the 1992 kidnap and killing of Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso. The unanimous opinion, by Judge Timothy K. Lewis of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, held that U.S. District Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr. erred when he exceeded the fines recommended under the federal sentencing guidelines to ensure that neither of the Seales ever profited from book or movie deals.
August 1, 1993 |
Gary Lee fell just $50 short of getting the car he predicted would have brought him a big payoff. The Jersey City man was outbid yesterday by another man, who paid $3,750 for the white 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbo used by a couple who kidnapped and murdered Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso last year. Lee wanted the most notorious of the 51 cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and vans auctioned off by Morris County. He drove to the auction in an El Dorado that had been involved in another murder, but he was not interested in starting a collection.
February 12, 1993 |
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. SERGEANT ADMITS SEXUAL ASSAULT An Army sergeant charged with sexual assault admits in a sworn confession that he forced a woman reservist during the Gulf War to perform oral sex on him. In the confession, reserve Sgt. David Martinez described the forcible act with Jacqueline Ortiz and says he lied when he alleged the two had a prior sexual relationship. The confession initially was ruled inadmissible, but the trial judge's decision was overturned on appeal.
January 23, 1993 |
Irene J. Seale, who faces sentencing Monday in the fatal kidnapping of Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso, has asked a federal judge for leniency, saying she was a battered wife whose husband coerced her into committing the crime. In more than 25 years of marriage, Seale contended in court documents, her husband, Arthur, slapped, beat, bit, choked and smothered her - and tried to "drown her and the children by holding them under water even when they struggled. " Irene Seale, whose husband has already been sentenced to life for Reso's death last May, contends that she, too, was a "victim" in the case, according to a document filed last week by federal prosecutors.
December 1, 1992 |
Arthur Seale, who kidnapped Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso and imprisoned him in a coffin-like wooden box where he died four days later, was sentenced yesterday to 95 years in federal prison and a life term in state prison. In imposing the maximum sentence of 95 years without parole, U.S. District Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr. told an impassive Seale, 45, that he would "die in captivity - though not in the same inhumane captivity" as his victim. "My intent is that you never go free," Brown said.
September 16, 1992 |
Expressing remorse and contending that he and his wife had never intended to harm their victim, Arthur Dixon Seale pleaded guilty yesterday to kidnapping and killing Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso in an unsuccessful attempt to extort $18.5 million from the company. A week after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy and extortion charges, Seale told Superior Court Judge Reginald Stanton that he was "truly sorry for everything that happened. " His attorney said afterward that Seale "wants the world to know that he is not a monster.
July 7, 1992 |
Arthur Seale was charged with murder yesterday in connection with the kidnapping death of Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso. Morris County Prosecutor W. Michael Murphy Jr. said his office was prepared to prove that Reso, 57, died "as a result of the conditions of his captivity. " These would include, Murphy said, infection as a result of a gunshot wound inflicted by Seale and suffocation and hypothermia caused by the setting in which Reso was held. Murphy said his office was awaiting a final autopsy report.
July 5, 1992 |
They had a luxurious waterfront home in South Carolina, then a trendy townhouse on the edge of a golf course in Colorado. They had a 38-foot sailboat, two Mercedes Benz automobiles and private schools for their son and daughter. Arthur and Irene Seale, both sandy-haired blonds with athletic good looks, appeared to be a perfect fit in Hilton Head and Vail, playgrounds for the rich and famous - and those who wanted to be. The former New Jersey police officer and his high school-sweetheart wife were, as one FBI agent put it, "the ultimate Yuppies.
July 1, 1992 |
Irene J. Seale, who less than two weeks ago was mouthing "I love you" in court to her husband, Arthur, pleaded guilty yesterday and agreed to testify against him in the kidnapping death of Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso. Irene Seale, who on Saturday directed federal authorities to a shallow tick-infested grave in the New Jersey Pinelands where Reso had been buried, admitted her guilt in a plea bargain made public at a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Garrett E. Brown. She could face a maximum 40-year prison sentence and up to $500,000 in fines after pleading guilty to extortion and conspiracy.
June 28, 1992 |
Eight weeks after a top Exxon executive disappeared at the end of his driveway, a corpse believed to be his body was dug up yesterday in South Jersey's Pine Barrens, the FBI said last night. The FBI said that it believed the body was that of Sidney J. Reso, president of Exxon International, but that positive identification was not expected until today. New Jersey State Police said the body was dug up yesterday afternoon off the Garden State Parkway in Bass River Township, Burlington County, a sparsely populated community patrolled by the state police because it has no local police force.