NYPD officer pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot

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An NYPD officer from Oceanside pleaded not guilty to murder-for-hire and obstruction of justice charges Friday in Central Islip court.

Prosecutors say Officer Valerie Cincinelli, a 12-year NYPD veteran, asked her boyfriend to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband and to kill her boyfriend's own teenage daughter. They say the boyfriend went to police, and that ultimately led to Cincinelli's arrest.

The 34-year-old Cincinelli cried twice during her arraignment, including when she walked into the courtroom and saw her family. Her mother and siblings said nothing to reporters as they left the courthouse.

Prosecutors say the obstruction charge came from Cincinelli destroying two cellphones to hide evidence.

Cincinelli's attorney calls into question the character of her boyfriend and says evidence will clear his client.

Prosecutors say they have audio and video recordings of Cincinelli talking about the murder plots. That, and other evidence, has to be turned over to the defense by June 26.

Cincinelli is being held without bail and has been terminated by the NYPD. She was placed on "modified assignment" without a gun in 2017 because of domestic incidents, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

Read more:
NYPD officer from Oceanside indicted in murder-for-hire plot
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