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Child Porn Convict Finally Admits To Kidnapping & Killing Jacob Wetterling 27 Years After His Disappearance

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What a difference a week can make.

Prior to September 1, 2016, Jacob Wetterling's parents had spent nearly 27 years with practically no information about what happened to their 11-year-old son.

The St. Joseph, Minnesota family became victims of one of the most high-profile missing persons cases in American history when Jacob was taken on October 22, 1989… but the story finally got an ending when his remains were located last week.

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Apparently, child porn suspect Danny Heinrich told authorities where they could find Jacob's body last Thursday, and finally on Tuesday completely admitted to kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and murdering the young boy.

The 53-year-old was the main suspect in the kidnapping ever since he was tied to 25 counts of child pornography in October of 2015, but police believe he was also responsible for a plethora of unreported crimes — including five other molestations that occurred around the time Jacob was initially taken, though the statute of limitations protects Danny in these cases.

The then-26-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison for his crimes — his plea deal traded his Wetterling admission for two dozen of his C.P. charges — but we're hoping the judge sentences him to the maximum time available for his lone remaining charge.

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Following Danny's admission, Jacob's mother Patty Wetterling fought back tears during a press conference, telling reporters:

"[Jacob] taught us all how to live, how to love, how to be fair, how to be kind. His legacy will go on… It's incredibly painful to know his last days, his last minutes."

We're just glad Jacob's family finally has closure after all these years… even if it only confirmed their biggest fears.

Rest in peace, Jacob.

[Image via Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.]

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