Skip to comments.Killer of 6-year-old New York boy given 25 years
Posted on 04/18/2017 10:05:55 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
Pedro Hernandez, the bodega clerk convicted for the 1979 murder of New York first-grader Etan Patz was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison, CNN reports.
Hernandez, 56, was convicted of kidnapping and murder in February, nearly 40 years after the six-year-old disappeared on May 25, 1979.
Etan left home to walk to a school bus stop and was not seen again. In the early 1980s, his photo appeared on milk cartons across the country, the first time the method was used to try to locate missing children.
Hernandez was previously tried for the same charges in 2015, but was spared a conviction when a lone holdout on the jury led the judge to declare a mistrial.
"We, as New Yorkers and as a community of families all over the United States, were also changed forever. Through this painful and utterly horrific real-life story, we came to realize how easily our children could disappear, ripped away from us right in our own neighborhoods," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement quoted by CNN.
Hernandez did not become a suspect in the murder until 2012. He confessed to police after authorities questioned him on a tip they received about the murder.
Prosecutors say Hernandez choked Patz to death in a store basement, then put his body in a plastic garbage bag that he concealed inside a cardboard box.
Hernandez, then a teenager, eventually left the box with other trash in an alley more than a block from the store.
His lawyers said he made up his account of the crime because of severe mental illness. Hernandez has been diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder.
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Such people should be given short life sentences-thirty to 90 days should be sufficient. If the crime is particularly heinous it should be shorter.
What is worse. Wishing someone else would commit a crime too?
This creature lived 40 years a free man, fully aware of his crime and told nobody until 2012, and now he gets a paltry 25? That is not justice. Justice screams for the death sentence. His fellow criminals in the poke are no angels, but at least they never raped and murdered a child, and tormented his parents into dotage with their child’s unexplained disappearance. Why must they be forced to live 25 minutes with this abomination. Drug dealing, wife beating, grand theft auto and bar room brawling shouldn’t require such a heavy sentence as sharing a cell with a human monster. Lynch him. It worked for Jeff Dahmer, who also should have gotten a death sentence.
Old cases can sometimes be bad cases. There was something to these Old Testament practice of needing at least two witnesses (who were required to then execute the wrongdoer).
Must have been more tying the boy to the accused than a story told by the accused. Or else this really is not a justice system. I wish I had a nickel for every time somebody merely imagined something heinous. I’d die a rich man.
Rage will make you overstep God’s will every single time.
I think the Jewish community pressure to do something was intense. Often things like this come apart before innocence projects. Just saying.
NYC Jewish community pressuring for the death sentence? That’ll be the day. They’re incurable leftists, outside of the Orthodox enclaves. In any other state of the Union outside of the Left Coast, this guy would have gotten the chair. In Upstate NY he would have gotten the chair. He should have, but this is New York City.
The police went to the accused because of a tip. I remember his confession. This wasn’t a pathological guy. He very carefully couched his confession as a hypothetical. “If I had done it, this is how I would have disposed of the body, etc.” They definitely had more on him, or they would never have brought a case to trial.
We don’t live in an ideal society anywhere in the world. And there are many sub-societies. One of those is prison. In prison, there is still a community of sorts, with very low standards. Jeffrey Dahmer did not meet those standards. He was a serial killer who ate parts of his victims, and preserved parts for later use. Prison society came to a consensus. He was unfit to dwell in even that society. The date of his execution was set. The screws agreed to be absent, answering pre-arranged disturbance somewhere. The inmates agreed to do it fast and anonymously. He was found dead. Nobody snitched.
The same could, and imho should, be done with Mr. shove-six-year-old’s-corpse-in-garbage-can-and-put-it-out-for-collection.
His non-confession matched the Police detectives’ earlier investigation, corroborating timeline and forensic finds. The case was presented for trial, and he was convicted. What non-prison society failed to do, which is sentence him to death, prison society owes it to itself to correct for its own sake, to keep the Rec Room reserved for respectable extortionists, pimps and meth cookers, and rapists who don’t go for six-year-olds and then kill them.
That, anyway, is how I see it.
Depends on what part of the prison population he’s in. Often these types are segregated from general population. Just like DR row inmates are.
Traitors and spies are usually put in solitary to protect them from such reprisals. Well, it’s not really my lookout, just casual observations that cost me nothing.
I was on a jury call-up list in our county several months
ago. Got turned down by some attorneys because my husband
had worked for the BK court for several years. I finally
did serve on a jury in a traffic accident case. - The
judge told us we’d probably get several murder cases during
our time slot. We missed it; but the next pool of jurors
got hit hard. - I’m sure when I tell them that I support
the death penalty in the case of murder, they’ll send me
packing. - They claim they quit calling retired people for
jury duty when they reach 65. Well, I was 68! So, surely
they’ll take me off the list. - I took myself off the road
at around 67, because my reflexes weren’t what they used to
be. So, Fang drove me in & sat in the car waiting until
we finished. (We live way out in the country & the
round trip is just too far.)
this is not justice...he walked around for much of his life, free and easy...
Then he made a “confesion” couched in hypothetical terms, smugly believing that they could not even use it against him, let alone make it stick. Only they did. Enjoy your declining years, fart eater.
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