Etan Patz

Man sentenced to 25 years in slaying of Etan Patz, New York boy who disappeared in 1979

Man sentenced to 25 years in slaying of Etan Patz, New York boy who disappeared in 1979

Almost four decades after first-grader Etan Patz set out for school and ended up at the heart of one of America's most influential missing-child cases, a former store clerk convicted of killing him was sentenced Tuesday to at least 25 years in prison.

Pedro Hernandez's sentencing was the culmination of a long quest to hold someone criminally accountable in a case that affected police practices, parenting and the nation's consciousness of missing children.

A judge sentenced Hernandez to 25 years to life in prison, meaning he won't be eligible for parole until he has served at least the 25 years. Hernandez had no visible reaction to the sentence.

Etan's parents, Stanley...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
80°