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JUST SOLVED: After 27 Years A Man Has Confessed To The Heinous Crime Involving, Jacob Wetterling

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VIA| Daniel Heinrich, 53, pleaded guilty to child pornography charges as well, and could now face up to 20 years in prison.

In court, Heinrich was asked if he sexually assaulted, murdered and abducted 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling.

“Yes I did,” Heinirch said in court on Tuesday.

Jacob’s mother, Patty and his father, Jerry also appeared in court. Heinrich went on to discuss the horrific details about the Oct. 22, 1989 crime he committed in central Minnesota.

Heinrich said he was wearing a mask when he approached Jacob and two of his friends with a gun near his home in the city of St. Joseph. He went on to say he handcuffed Jacob, after telling his friends to get away. After, he said he  sexually assaulted Jacob at a gravel pit, where he drove to in Paynesville, according to the Associated Press.

The man said he panicked when the boy asked to go home and started crying. Heinrich proceeded to shoot the child in the head and then buried him 100 yards away from the scene.

Heinrich took authorities to Jacob’s remains last week. WCCO reported that the remains belonged to Jacob on Saturday.

“It’s incredibly painful to know his last days, last hours, last minutes,” Patty Wetterling told ABC News. “To us Jacob was alive, until they found him.”

The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center released the following statement on Facebook on Saturday regarding Jacob’s death:

We are in deep grief. We didn’t want Jacob’s story to end this way. In this moment of pain and shock, we go back to the beginning. The Wetterlings had a choice to walk into bitterness and anger or to walk into a light what could be, a light of hope. Their choice changed the world.

This light has been burning for close to 27 years. The spark began in the moments after the abduction of Jacob Wettlering, when his family decided that light is stronger than darkness. They lit the flame that became Jacob’s Hope. All of Central Minnesota flocked to and fanned the flame, hoping for answers.

The light spread state-wide, nationally and globally as hearts connected to the 11 year old boy who liked to play goalie for his hockey team, wanted to be a football player, played the trombone, and loved the times he spent with his sisters, brother and parents.

Today, we gather around the same flame. the flame that has become more than the hope for one as it led the way home for thousands of others. It’s the light that illuminates a world that Jacob believed in, where things are fair and just.

Our hearts are heavy, but we are being held up by all of the people who have been a part of making Jacob’s Hope a light that will never be extinguished. It shines on in a different way. We are, and we will continue to be, Jacob’s Hope. Jacob, you are loved.

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