US 'cannibal cop' sentenced to time served
13 November 2014, 08:11
New York - A former New York policeman who had a conviction for plotting to
abduct and eat women overturned was on Wednesday sentenced to time served on a
Dubbed the "cannibal cop", 30-year-old Gilberto Valle became a
tabloid sensation when his 2013 trial exposing the strange world of cannibal
fantasists gripped New York.
A jury found Valle guilty and he faced life in prison, but he walked free
from jail earlier this year after a judge overturned his conviction based on a
lack of evidence of intent to commit the crime.
"I really want to say I am sorry - it was not a crime but it was
wrong," Valle said outside court after he was sentenced to the 21 months
in jail he had already served and one year probation on a minor charge of
misusing police resources to search for women in his fantasies.
He added: "My legacy will not be the story of the cannibal cop."
Valle's high-profile trial last year included lurid details of how he sought
advice from others in the online "death-porn" community over how to
kidnap, kill and eat his wife and friends.