Hernandez Gets 25 To Life For Murder Of Etan Patz

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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 to at least 25 years in prison.

In a few angry words, Etan’s father condemned the convicted man.

“Pedro Hernandez, after all these years, we finally know what dark secret you had locked in your heart,” Stan Patz said. “I will never forgive you. The god you pray to will never forgive you. You are the monster in your nightmares.”

His wife, Julie Patz, wiped tears from her eyes as she witnessed the culmination of a long quest to hold someone accountable for their son’s disappearance. The case affected police practices, parenting and the nation’s consciousness of missing children.

Hernandez, 56, didn’t look at the Patzes, speak or react as he got the maximum allowable sentence: 25 years to life in prison, meaning he won’t be eligible for parole until he has served the quarter-century. Read more at CBS.



  1. Nebach, poor Patz family. They are grabbing at straws. Mr. Hernandez did not commit this crime. Mr. Hernandez is a mentally retarded individual with an extremely low IQ. He will admit to things to which he couldn’t possibly have done. He certainly doesn’t have a memory that can retain information that many years. Besides for his obviously impossible “admition” there is absolutely no physical or dna evidence. This is a total farce and a carrying out of injustice. This was done as a way to placate the suffering gullible Patz family. It’s a shameful day in America.

  2. If he is mentally retarded, then maybe he did do this crime. It doesn’t take much brains to do that. How are you so sure that he didn’t?

    • Jose Ramos murdered the little boy. The Patz family won a civil suit against him in 2004. Now the greedy lawyers are taking advantage of a different, deranged man. Next month, some other nutcase will admit from his mental ward that HE murdered Etan Patz, and then the whole charade will start all over again. This whole story is sad thru and thru.


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