Jose Ramos, the man who was convicted of murdering Etan Patz almost twenty five years ago, is set to be freed from prison next month.
Ramos was declared responsible for Patz's death in civil court, but could not be charged criminally because of a lack of evidence. The evidence prosecutors did have was based off of Ramos' relationship with Patz's former babysitter and the fact that police arrested him and found a ton of pictures of young blonde boys in Ramos' backpack.
However, since Pedro Hernandez's confession this past spring to murdering Patz - a confession that many are wary of, the courts have determined to let Ramos leave after more than two decades behind bars.
A decision regarding Hernandez is set to happen in court sometime next week.
Here's what a peace activist said about Ramos:
"He had thousands of dollars in `Star Wars' toys on his bus. He had videotapes, and he had all kinds of materials he used to lure children inside. It was a horrendous circumstance from A to Z."
We trust that the courts are making the right decision in this case, and that eventually justice will be served in this horrendous and terrible long time tragedy.
A bitter sweet day for everyone involved with this case.
Tags: etan patz, former suspect, jose ramos, kidnap, legal matters, murder, new york city