On Tuesday afternoon, a New York jury has finally closed one of the most notorious missing children cases in the history of the country. Etan Patz, the boy who vanished without a trace in 1979, has finally received the justice he and his family deserved. Pedro Hernandez, a former convenience store clerk who confessed in 2012 of killing Etan Patz, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. His court defender said that an appeal would be made, claiming that his client is mentally ill and that his conviction is based on a fabrication.
Etan Patz Finally Receives Justice
Pedro Hernandez, a 56-year-old New York resident, was working as a convenience store clerk back in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a school bus stop. Although almost four decades have passed since anyone saw young Patz alive, the authorities have been unable to find any leads on how Etan vanished and what happened to him.
According to Patz’s parents, who were also present during Hernandez’s trial, the boy went missing shortly after he was allowed to go by himself to the bus station. Jose Lopez, Hernandez’s brother-in-law, was the one who finally notified the authorities regarding the identity of Patz’s kidnapper.
Lopez declared that, on more than one instance, Hernandez told him and the rest of his family how he abducted and murdered a boy. In 2004, Lopez couldn’t bear to live with the thought of his brother-in-law being a child murderer and contacted the authorities.
Pedro Hernandez’s Confession
The individual was swiftly arrested by the authorities and charged with the abduction and murder of the 6-year-old boy. Lopez would testify again in 2012, during Hernandez’s first appearance before the court.
According to the authorities, when he was first interviewed, the man admitted to stalking the boy on several occasions before luring him to a nearby bodega, where he promised him a can of soda. Hernandez told the police he cornered Etan Patz in the bodega and strangled him.
Allegedly, he placed the body inside a trash bag and placed it in a waste bin. To this day, Etan Patz’s body was not recovered.
On Tuesday, a New York jury sentenced Pedro Hernandez to 25 years in prison for the murder of Etan Patz. However, Hernandez’s attorney wants to file an appeal to this sentence, claiming that his client is mentally ill and that his confession is purely based on his client’s imagination.
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