York ex-cop acquitted on cannibalism plot gets supervised release
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[November 13, 2014]
By Sebastien Malo
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four months after the
reversal of his conviction for plotting to kidnap and cannibalize women,
a former New York City policeman on Wednesday walked out of a federal
courthouse, sentenced to time already served and supervised release for
a lesser offense.
Judge Paul Gardephe overturned the conspiracy conviction against
Gilberto Valle in July, accepting defense assertions that Valle had
merely been fantasizing about kidnapping and cooking women to
indulge a sexual fetish.
Gardephe ruled that expressions of fantasy were protected under the
But he let stand a verdict of guilty against Valle, for improperly
accessing a police database.
On that charge, the judge on Wednesday sentenced Valle to a year in
prison, ruling that he had already served that time during the 20
months he spent in jail until July.
Prosecutors said Valle had used the database while still a policeman
to look up the details of women about whom he fantasized.
As his parents and a younger brother looked on, Valle, 30,
apologized in Manhattan's U.S. District Court to women he said were
his "friends" despite being the subjects of his "stupid" actions.
"I just hope they know they were never endangered," he said, adding
that he had been an "embarrassment" to his family, friends and the
He told the court he now planned to go to law school and hoped to
become a criminal defense lawyer.
After the sentencing, Valle, dressed in a gray suit and checkered
tie, talked about the infamy the case had brought him.
"My legacy is not going to be the guy who is the 'cannibal cop,'" he
said, referring to a nickname conferred by the city's tabloids. "I
have the women on my mind. I'm troubled by the attention they got
because of my actions."
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During his one-year supervised release, similar to probation, Valle
is banned from visiting the various fetish websites where he had
discussed his fantasies, which included killing his now-estranged
The judge also banned Valle for a year from having contact with the
women who were the objects of his violent musings.
In an appeal on Wednesday challenging the acquittal, federal
prosecutors said Gardephe erred in overturning the jury's verdict of
guilty of conspiracy.
"Far from being irrational, the jury's verdict was well-supported by
the record of Valle's communications, preparations and post-arrest
statements, which demonstrated a genuine intent to kidnap," they
(Additional reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by
Jonathan Allen, Steve Gorman and Clarence Fernandez)
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