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Feb 15, 12:12 AM EST

Mystery of Etan Patz's disappearance ends in conviction

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NEW YORK (AP) -- It was one of New York City's most enduring mysteries, but a jury may have written the final chapter in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts).

After a lengthy trial, jurors on Tuesday convicted 56-year-old Pedro Hernandez of luring the boy into a basement and killing him.

Hernandez was a stock boy at a convenience store along Etan's morning walk to the school bus.

Hernandez confessed years ago to choking the boy, but his lawyers say that admission was a figment of his imagination.

Jurors say they believe Hernandez has a mental illness, but is not delusional and can tell right from wrong.

Hernandez's lawyer says he will appeal the verdict.

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