NEW YORK (AP) - A New York jury has concluded that a police officer wasn't just fantasizing when he talked online about abducting and eating women.
Gilberto Valle was convicted today of conspiracy in a case that caused him to be known as the "Cannibal Cop" in the New York tabloids.
His lawyers said Valle was just spinning sick and twisted fantasies for his own pleasure. They say he was being prosecuted for his thoughts -- and that the case set a dangerous precedent.
But prosecutors said the verdict showed that Valle was intent on committing the crimes. They said there's a "free exchange of ideas" on the Internet -- but that there's no immunity there "for plotting crimes and taking steps to carry out those crimes."
Valle's mother says she's "in shock" over the verdict.
The jurors left the courthouse without comment.
Valle could get life in prison when he is sentenced in June, but he is likely to face a much shorter term.