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Man to be sentenced in 1979 Etan Patz missing-child case

  • FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Hernandez, convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared in 1979, is set to learn his punishment on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in one of America’s most notorious missing-child cases. (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, convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared in 1979, is set to learn his punishment on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in one of America‚Äôs most notorious missing-child cases. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Julie Patz and Stan Patz, the mother and father of Etan Patz, arrive at Manhattan Supreme Court, in New York, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, for the sentencing of Pedro Hernandez, the man convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, one of America's most notorious missing-child cases. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Julie Patz and Stan Patz, the mother and father of Etan Patz, arrive at Manhattan Supreme Court, in New York, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, for the sentencing of Pedro Hernandez, the man convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, one of America's most notorious missing-child cases. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stan Patz, right, and Julie Pats, parents of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on the way to the school bus stop about 38 years ago, arrive at Manhattan Supreme Court, in New York, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, for the sentencing of Pedro Hernandez, the man convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, one of America's most notorious missing-child cases. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Stan Patz, right, and Julie Pats, parents of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on the way to the school bus stop about 38 years ago, arrive at Manhattan Supreme Court, in New York, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, for the sentencing of Pedro Hernandez, the man convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, one of America's most notorious missing-child cases. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (The Associated Press)

The man convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS') is set to learn his punishment in one of America's most notorious missing-child cases.

Pedro Hernandez's sentencing is set for Tuesday afternoon.

Etan disappeared in 1979 as he walked to his school bus stop in downtown Manhattan. He was among the first missing children pictured on milk cartons, and the anniversary of his May 25 disappearance became National Missing Children's Day.

No trace of him has ever been found.

Hernandez worked at a convenience shop by the bus stop. Now 56, he wasn't a suspect until police got a tip in 2012.

The Maple Shade, New Jersey, man then confessed. His lawyers say he's mentally ill and his admissions were false. The attorneys have vowed to appeal.