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NEW YORK – 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.