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A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a former New York City police officer in an uncommon case involving a plot to abduct and eventually eat young women. On Monday, June 30, Judge Paul Gardephe determined that there was insufficient evidence to support convicting Gilberto Valle.
According to the Associated Press, Defense attorney Julia Gatto said on Tuesday, “The judge's well-reasoned decision validates what we have said since the beginning: There was no crime. Gil Valle is innocent of any conspiracy. Gil is guilty of nothing more than having unconventional thoughts."
Valle faced life in prison if the original judgment had been upheld. Valle has been in jail since 2012, and was convicted in March 2013. After the judge’s decision, Gatto said that Valle will be freed, though he will face home detention during the inevitable follow-up appeal.
The 30-year-old Valle was nicknamed “cannibal cop” during the trial. According to Reuters, he was found guilty of illegal database use.
Gardephe upheld Valle's conviction on a charge of illegally gaining access to the law enforcement database. That offense carried a maximum sentence of one year, which he has already served.
Valle was fired from being a police officer after his conviction.