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Sentencing of Pedro Hernandez in 1979 murder of Etan Patz delayed

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NEW YORK — A judge in New York has delayed the sentencing of a man convicted in a second trial of killing 6-year-old 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.

An earlier trial ended in a hung jury when a single juror did not want to convict.