Man gets 25 years in 1979 case of miss­ing boy Etan Patz

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NEW YORK | 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 on 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 the 25 years.

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