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Jacob Wetterling's killer sentenced to 20 years

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The mother of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling tells her son's killer he didn't need to hurt him.

Patty Wetterling and other members of her family spoke in federal court in Minneapolis on Monday before 53-year-old Danny Heinrich was sentenced to 20 years in prison under a plea bargain. He led authorities this summer to where he buried Jacob's remains 27 years ago after kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing the St. Joseph boy.

When he confessed in court in September, Heinrich quoted a handcuffed Jacob as saying, "What did I do wrong?"

Patty Wettterling told Heinrich that Jacob "did nothing wrong. He just wanted to go home."

She told her son's killer she won't "waste a minute of time" thinking about him "from this day forward."


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man who recently confessed to abducting, sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling 27 years ago has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on a child pornography charge.

Fifty-three-year-old Danny Heinrich led authorities to Jacob's remains this summer as part of a plea bargain that ended a mystery that had haunted Minnesota for nearly three decades. In return, prosecutors agreed not to charge Heinrich with murder.

The 20-year sentence handed down Monday by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim is the maximum the law allows on the single child pornography count.

Jacob was abducted near his home in the central Minnesota community of St. Joseph on Oct. 22, 1989. Heinrich was arrested on child pornography charges last year but kept Jacob's fate secret until this summer.


A Minnesota man who recently confessed to abducting, sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling 27 years ago is due to be sentenced on a child pornography charge.

Fifty-three-year-old Danny Heinrich is due in federal court Monday morning.

He led authorities to Jacob's remains this summer as part of a plea bargain that ended a mystery that had haunted Minnesota for nearly three decades. In return, prosecutors agreed not to charge Heinrich with murder.

The plea bargain calls for a sentence of 20 years, the maximum the law allows on the child pornography count.

Jacob was abducted near his home in the central Minnesota community of St. Joseph on Oct. 22, 1989.

Heinrich was arrested on child pornography charges last year but kept Jacob's fate secret until this summer.

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