NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — After more than two full days of deliberations, a federal jury came back Tuesday with a guilty verdict for New York City police officer Gilberto Valle on charges he plotted to kidnap, kill and cannibalize women.
Valle is set to be sentenced on June 19 and could face life in prison.
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“Today, a unanimous jury found that Gilberto Valle’s detailed and specific plans to abduct women for the purpose of committing grotesque crimes were very real and that he was guilty as charged,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “The Internet is a forum for the free exchange of ideas, but it does not confer immunity for plotting crimes and taking steps to carry out those crimes.”
Valle slumped his head, as did the entire defense team, when the verdict was announced. He stared ahead in stunned amazement as the jury of six women and six men read the verdict, and then hugged his lawyer, Julia Gatto, who said later that she had been crying.
“It’s a devastating verdict for us. We poured our hearts and souls into this,” Gatto said.