New York

Sentencing of man in 1979 kidnapping of NYC boy is delayed

FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Hernandez, who was convicted Feb. 14, 2014, for the 1979 kidnap and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, will not be sentenced on Feb. 28 as originally planned after a judge in New York ruled that it will be postponed on Thursday, Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)

FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Hernandez, who was convicted Feb. 14, 2014, for the 1979 kidnap and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, will not be sentenced on Feb. 28 as originally planned after a judge in New York ruled that it will be postponed on Thursday, Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.