NEW YORK (AP) — A former NYPD police officer has been ordered to home detention pending an appeal by the government after a judge overturned his conviction of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women.
The judge ruled late Monday there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction of Gilberto Valle (VAL'-ee). He acquitted him of kidnapping conspiracy charges.
The judge set Valle's bail at $100,000; he's expected to be released later Tuesday.
A smiling Valle hugged his lawyers. Valle could have faced life in prison.
He was convicted in March 2013. A jury concluded he wasn't just fantasizing when he conversed online with others he had never met about killing and cooking his wife and others in a cannibalism plot.