'Cannibal Cop' Found Guilty, Faces Life
Jury took 16 hours to decide Gilberto Valle serious about sick plans
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2013 11:06 AM CDT
This undated file photo submitted into evidence by defense attorney Julia L. Gatto shows New York City police Officer Gilberto Valle with his daughter.   (AP Photo/Provided by Attorney Julia L. Gatto, File)
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(Newser) – Gilberto Valle, the so-called "cannibal cop," was found guilty today on all charges related to his plan to kidnap, torture, and eat several women, including his wife, reports the New York Post. Valle's attorney argued his depraved online chats were just fantasies and fiction, but the jury took 16 hours of deliberations to decide that he was deadly serious. Valle faces up to life in prison for his plots. "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," said the Manhattan US attorney.