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Officer who hired hitman to kill husband and young daughter sentenced

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Officer who hired hitman to kill husband and young daughter sentenced

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A former New York City cop accused of orchestrating a botched murder plot – in which she asked her boyfriend to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband and teenage daughter – has was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

The former officer, Valerie Cincinelli, 37, pleaded guilty in April to obstructing justice, one of three counts she faced in the scheme. Her lawyers had asked a federal judge to sentence her to a served sentence – she has been in detention since her arrest in May 2019. Federal prosecutors had asked for a five-year term.

Ms Cincinelli was suspended without pay after her arrest and resigned from the police service in March, police said.

In a sentencing memorandum, federal prosecutors pointed to the violent and precise details of Ms. Cincinelli’s communications with her boyfriend whom she believed to be plotting with her, but was actually recording their conversations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ms Cincinelli’s lawyer, James Koousouros, had argued that she did not believe the murder plot would be carried out. He wrote in his sentencing memorandum that her boyfriend, John DiRubba, had manipulated her, left her in a “broken and compromised state” and reported her to authorities out of a desire for revenge.

Following the conviction by federal court in Central Islip, Long Island on Friday, Mr Koousouros said he was satisfied with the sentence, which he said reflected the judge’s understanding of his client’s difficult relationship with Mr DiRubba . Ms Cincinelli, he added, will be eligible under the sentencing rules for home release in about five months.

“It was a very, very long and moving journey for everyone,” said Mr. Koousouros.

A spokesperson for the US attorney’s office declined to comment.

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