Cannibal Cop Conviction Overturned
If he is ever released, think twice if he says heinvites you to a “dinner party”. Just sayin’.
A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women.
Judge Paul Gardephe ruled late Monday that there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction of Gilberto Valle, the New York Times reported. Valle, who could have faced life in prison, was acquitted of kidnapping conspiracy charges, the most serious count he faced.
He was convicted in March 2013 and had not yet been sentenced.
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.
“The evidentiary record is such that it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle’s internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play,” Gardephe said in his 118-page opinion.
The judge planned a hearing Tuesday on the status of case; Valle has been in jailed since his arrest in 2012.