In a confession that ended a 27-year-old Minnesota mystery, Danny Heinrich,
53, admitted to abducting, molesting, and murdering 11-year-old Jacob
Wetterling in 1989. As one of the most high profile child abduction cases
in Minnesota history and the nation, the incident changed the lives of
many throughout the state. It also lead to the passing of a federal law
that required states to establish sex offender registries.
The confession and details of the crime came as Heinrich pleaded guilty
to federal child pornography charges carrying 20 years in prison and the
possibility of a civil commitment following the sentence. As part of the
plea agreement, which was reviewed by the Wetterling family, Heinrich
will not face state charges for murder. Prosecutors stated this approach
enabled them to elicit a confession and find the boy’s remains.
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.
Partner Joe Tamburino has been sharing his insight with media sources throughout the state since
the investigation into Heinrich was recently renewed. Over the past week
and days, Attorney Tamburino has spoken with numerous news outlets about
the case, its impact on state and federal law, and issues such as plea deals.
CBS segment on the case featuring Attorney Tamburino below: