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The man convicted of murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison by a judge Tuesday afternoon. Pedro Hernandez, 56, was found guilty in February of kidnapping and murdering Etan nearly 38 years after the young boy vanished while walking to his school bus stop alone for the first time in SoHo.


“When Etan did not come home on the afternoon of May 25, 1979, the Patz family was changed forever,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said. “In the intervening years, they did not know where Etan was — whether he was dead or alive, whether he was being abused or whether he knew that his parents and the police never stopped looking for him."

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Pedro Hernandez to 25 years-to-life in state prison for kidnapping and murdering six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared while walking to a school bus stop in 1979. On February 14, 2017, the defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of one count each of Murder in the Second Degree and Kidnapping in the First Degree.

A drifter who murdered a woman in a Manhattan hotel room and then hid her body under the bed a decade ago was sentenced Monday to up to life behind bars. Clarence Dean, 45, was convicted in December of killing Kristine Yitref, 33, at the Hotel Carter on W. 43rd St., where she had met him while working as a prostitute.

DA Vance today announced the sentencing of Clarence Dean, 43, to 25 years-to-life in state prison for murdering a 33-year-old woman, Kristine Yitref, in his Times Square hotel room. On December 6, 2016, a New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of the sole count in the indictment against him: Murder in the Second Degree.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a true pioneer and leader in the justice system. In February, I had the great privilege of appearing before her in a matter being argued at the Court of Appeals. Over the course of her unparalleled, 25-year career as a jurist, first in State Supreme Court in New York County, and later in the Appellate Division, First Department, countless attorneys in my Office have argued before her.  The first black woman to be appointed to a seat on New York’s highest court, she lived up to her reputation of being smart, principled, and rigorously fair. Justice Abdus-Salaam leaves a void not only on the State’s highest bench, but in the criminal justice system as a whole. On behalf of the entire Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, I would like to express my deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues."