A former NYPD police officer was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison in connection with a botched murder-for-hire targeting her husband and her boyfriend’s 13-year-old daughter, but she may regain her freedom within just a few months.
Valerie Cincinelli, 37, pleaded guilty in April to a single count of obstruction of justice as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors.
On Friday, a judge sentenced Cincinelli to 48 months in federal prison, but with credit for time served and good behavior, she could be released to house arrest in five months.
Cincinelli’s ex-husband and the target of the thwarted plot, Isaiah Carvalho, was present during sentencing. It is unclear at this time whether he spoke in court.
Ex-cop Valerie Cincinelli, 37 (left), was sentenced on Friday to 48 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with a plot to have her estranged husband, Isaiah Carvalho, pictured arriving at Federal Court in Central Islip , killed
Cincinelli, pictured with Carvalho and her daughter from a previous relationship, could be out of prison in five months after receiving credit for time served and good behavior
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop two murder-for-hire charges against Cincinelli. Had the case gone to trial and resulted in a conviction, the ex-cop could have faced up to 40 years in prison.
Prosecutors said they would have introduced evidence that included audio and video recordings in which Cincinelli was heard discussing the murderous plot with her then-boyfriend, John DiRubba.
Ahead of Friday’s hearing in Central Islip, the US Justice Department released a sentencing memo, which called for 60 months in prison for Cincinelli because of the ‘violent nature of her crimes’ and her position as a police officer, Newsday first reported.
‘Cincinelli was, at all relevant times, an active and willing participant in the murder-for-hire scheme,’ the memo stated. ‘And despite her numerous and repeated protestations to the contrary, responsibility for Cincinelli’s words and actions cannot lie with DiRubba, his daughter, or Carvalho.’
Carvalho was present during his ex-wife’s sentencing, but it’s unclear if he spoke
Carvalho, who shares a son with Cincinelli, staged his death to help the feds snare his wife
In 2019, Cincinelli and Carvalho were in the middle of a bitter divorce and custody battle when the NYPD cop asked DiRubba, whom she called a ‘sugar daddy,’ to hire a hitman to kill the husband.
She said she’d pay $7,000. She also wanted DiRubba’s 13-year-old daughter dead because, according to prosecutors, the teenager complained that she was spending too much of her father’s money.
DiRubba told police about the plot after being arrested for an unrelated crime. He then cooperated with them to snare Cincinelli.
In order to convince Cincinelli that the murder had been carried out on her orders, federal investigators even had Carvalho stage his own death, and took a photo showing him slumped in his car.
Cincinelli was initially charged with murder-for-hire and obstruction, but as part of the plea deal the two most serious charges were dismissed.
John DiRubba, Cincinelli’s boyfriend, turned on her after she plotted to have his teen daughter killed
During her plea hearing in April, Cincinelli told a judge: ‘I deleted images on an iPhone with the attempt to obstruct a grand jury investigation into charges of murder for hire.
‘I know that what I did was wrong and I’m truly sorry, your honor.’
The images she was referring to are believed to be faked photos of her ex dead that her boyfriend sent her.
Cincinelli then sobbed that she hadn’t seen her son for two years, since she was taken into custody.
Before her arrest and indictment, Cincinelli was an NYPD officer for 12 years, serving at the 106th Precinct in Queens. She resigned from the force in March of this year.