Danny Heinrich has confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Jacob Wetterling.
The admission of the crime came in a federal courtroom where Jacob’s parents were present.
On October 22, 1989, Jacob was kidnapped near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. He, his brother Trevor, and friend Aaron, were riding their bikes when they were stopped by a man wearing a mask. The masked man kidnapped Jacob and ordered his brother and friend to run to a nearby area and not look back.
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Jacob Wetterling murder: Danny Heinrich confesses, gives account of how he kidnapped and killed boy
Heinrich gave the court his account of the kidnapping and killing. Following the guilty plea to charges of receiving child pornography, he confessed that he was driving through St. Joseph when he saw Jacob and two boys on a dead-end road, KARE reports.
Wearing a mask and carrying a .38 revolver, he approached the boys and ordered them into a ditch. He then told the boy’s brother and friend to run or else they would be shot. Heinrich handcuffed Jacob and forced him into the passenger seat of the car.
Heinrich drove the boy to a gravel pit. He forced Jacob to take his clothes off and forced the boy perform a sexual act on him. During his return, Heinrich saw a police cruiser on a nearby road. Afraid that he might get caught, he put two rounds inside his weapon and shot the boy.
Heinrich left the scene and returned a couple of hours later. He dragged the body of Jacob and buried it around 100 yards away.
Jacob Wetterling murder: Danny Heinrich to serve 20 years in prison
According to a 2015 story by FOX 9, Heinrich was arrested in his home for possession of child pornography. The arrest came when officers searched Heinrich’s home for evidence in association with the disappearance of Jacob.
A year after the abduction, Heinrich returned to the burial site and placed the boy’s remains in a garbage bag. He transferred the remains to the same site he led the authorities to last week.
Heinrich’s plea deal will result to 20 years behind bars. Heinrich also admitted to kidnapping and sexually assaulting Jared Scheierl in the same year a few months before Jacob was killed.