NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A co-defendant of the New York City police officer dubbed the “cannibal cop” wants to be freed from jail too.
Attorney Alice Fontier said her client and Valle are “similarly situated” and it would be “inconsistent” to let Van Hise’s conviction stand while Valle walks free, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Van Hise, a mechanic from Trenton, N.J., was initially charged with conspiring with Valle, but those charges were dropped. He was convicted of conspiring with two other men he had met online to kidnap, rape, torture and murder women.
Emails Van Hise sent Valle were some of the most shocking; he offered up children, including his own 3-year-old stepdaughter and two young nieces, as sex slaves Cornell reported.
Unlike Valle, whose terrified wife turned him in to the FBI, Van Hise had a supportive spouse, Cornell reported.
“You have to accept your partner’s flaws in a marriage,”Bonice Van Hise said, adding that she knew about her husband’s obsession with dark fetish websites and described him as “harmless.”
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