Conviction of NYC Cop Cannibalism Case Overturned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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