MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A Minnesota man has confessed to kidnapping and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago.
Danny Heinrich made the admission Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in federal court in Minneapolis.READ MORE: How Program To Help Kids Struggling With Anxiety, Depression Is Putting A Song In Their Hearts
Heinrich led authorities to Jacob’s remains last week, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing case.
He admitted abducting Jacob near the boy’s home in the central Minnesota community of St. Joseph on Oct. 22, 1989.READ MORE: Minnesota Legislature Adjourns With Work Unfinished, But Unclear If Special Session Will Happen
Authorities named Heinrich as a person of interest last October when they announced the child pornography charges.
WCCO reporter Nina Moini was at the court building Tuesday afternoon, and provided the details from Heinrich’s testimony:MORE NEWS: Man In His 30s Killed In North Minneapolis Shooting
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