Conviction of NYC cop cannibalism case overturned

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. 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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