In 1989, 11 year old, Jacob Wetterling, went missing in his hometown of Paynesville, Minnesota. Soon after, the police interviewed a man named, Danny Heinrich, as a person of interest. Not having enough evidence to connect Heinrich to the missing child, the police let him go. However, while in court this past Tuesday for child pornography charges, Heinrich admitted to abducting, sexually assaulting, and murdering Jacob Wetterling in 1989.
Heinrich’s admission was part of a plea deal for the child pornography charges. Danny Heinrich admitted to the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of Jacob Wetterling, as well as sexually assaulting another 12 year old boy, Jared Scheierl, 9 months prior to Jacob. As a result, Heinrich will not charged with either crime and will face a 20 year maximum sentence in a facility that is less dangerous for sex offenders.
Some people are appalled at the fact that Danny Heinrich sexually assaulted and murder an 11 year old boy and is essentially getting away with it by not being charged for it. I understand why people feel this way and are so upset. It is easy to get worked up about this case by simply thinking: What if that was my child? Of course you would want justice for the horrific crime committed. However, 20 years is still an awful long time to spend locked up. Not only that, but Jacob Wetterling’s parents finally have a sense of closure and can have a proper funeral/burial for their son. Jacobs mother showed hope and gracefulness in the face of tragedy through a message that you can read by following the link at the end of this blog, to the Washington Post article.