A federal judge denied bail Friday to an NYPD cop accused of hiring a hitman to kill her estranged husband and her boyfriend’s daughter.
Valerie Cincinelli, has to continue to cool her heels at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn until her trial
Cincinelli, 35, a 12-year veteran of the NYPD, was arrested in May on charges that she sought to hire a hit man to murder both her estranged husband and the teenage daughter of her boyfriend.
She was arrested after a police officer went to her Long Island home and pretended to notify her that her estranged husband, Isaiah Carvalho Jr. was dead.
Her boyfriend, John DiRubba, 54, wore a wire to help cops with the sting.
The FBI tricked Cincinelli into thinking the hits had been carried out, according to prosecutors. An agent posing as a hitman texted DiRubba a staged photo of Carvalho appearing dead in his car.
“They ended up taking me to an undisclosed location and had me fake my death and took pictures of it,” Carvalho told ABC News. “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever had to experience. They had me sit in my car. They put glass on the floor and all over me, and had me hunch over into the passenger seat.”
Cincinelli has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to two counts of murder for hire and one count of obstruction of justice, according to the indictment.
If convicted Cincinelli could face up to 10 years in prison on each count.
“The court finds by clear and convincing evidence that defendant poses a danger to the safety of the allegedly intended victims and the community,” Judge Sandra Feuerstein wrote in her ruling.
She added that there was a risk that Cincinelli would attempt to obstruct justice, and referenced the cop’s alleged attempt to destroy evidence before she was arrested.