Sen­tenc­ing de­layed in 1979 mur­der case

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — A judge in New York has de­layed the sen­tenc­ing of a man con­victed in a sec­ond trial of killing 6-yearold Etan Patz in 1979. Judge Maxwell Wi­ley ruled Thurs­day that next week’s sen­tenc­ing for Pe­dro Her­nan­dez will be post­poned. A new date wasn’t yet set. Her­nan­dez’s at­tor­ney Har­vey Fish­bein re­quested the de­lay to in­ves­ti­gate whether a ju­ror may have known dur­ing pro­ceed­ings that mem­bers of the first jury were in the au­di­ence. Her­nan­dez, of Maple Shade, New Jer­sey, was con­victed Feb. 14 of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and kid­nap­ping in one of New York’s most no­to­ri­ous miss­ing-chil­dren’s cases. Etan was among the first miss­ing chil­dren who ap­peared on milk car­tons.

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