DNA hit in an assault was key to solving Minnesota abduction

DNA hit in an assault was key to solving Minnesota abduction

"Any plea agreement with Heinrich would have to include a lengthy prison sentence and an confession that could be independently verified", said U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger. In exchange, the state dropped multiple counts of child pornography possession that carried a a potential life sentence in the federal system, and state authorities agreed not to prosecute him for murder, Luger said.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar honored Jacob Wetterling's family on the Senate floor Thursday, calling the victim's mother, and her former political opponent, "a woman of unbelievable courage".

"Until last Friday, proof that Jacob Wetterling was no longer alive did not exist", she said.

The Minnesota Twins will be wearing patches bearing "11" for an upcoming game to honor Jacob Wetterling.

Heinrich also admitted in court Tuesday to abducting and sexually assaulting Scheierl. She says her son's legacy will live on. Scheierl talked publicly about his case in hopes it could help investigators find his attacker and Jacob's.

As part of that effort, investigators took another look at the sexual assault of 12-year-old Jared Scheierl, of Cold Spring, nine months before Jacob's disappearance.

Asked whether he abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered Jacob, Heinrich said: "Yes, I did".

His admission came in federal court in Minneapolis as he pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.

DNA hit in an assault was key to solving Minnesota abduction

Retested DNA evidence a year ago linked Heinrich to the 1989 kidnapping and sexual assault of Jared Scheierl in Cold Spring, Minnesota, nine months before Jacob's abduction.

A USA man has admitted to abducting and killing an 11-year-old boy almost 27 years after he committed the crime. On Tuesday, Daniel Heinrich admitted to the abduction and slaying of the boy. He says he took Jacob, handcuffed him and assaulted him in a grove of trees.

"I said, 'don't cry, '" Heinrich said. 3, 2016, Patty Wetterling announced that the remains of her son, Jacob Wetterling, had been found almost 27 years after his abduction. That discovery evidently created the legal opening the USA attorney's office needed to compel Heinrich to talk as part of a plea deal.

Jacob was biking with his brother and a friend when he was abducted by Heinrich, who was armed and wearing a mask, in October 1989.

Heinrich said he feared they would be spotted after hearing police on a scanner in his vehicle and made Wetterling duck, he said. Patty Wetterling is consoled by son Trevor during a news conference after a hear for Danny Heinrich, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in Minneapolis.

Heinrich was never charged in that case.

Sherburne County Sheriffs Office via AP This undated photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office shows Danny Heinrich, of Minnesota.

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