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Wetterling's killer begins serving sentence near Boston

Danny Heinrich

AYER, Mass. — Danny Heinrich, the killer of Jacob Wetterling, is expected to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at a federal prison outside Boston.

Heinrich is an inmate at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., about 40 miles northwest of Boston. FMC Devens is a prison for male inmates who require specialized long-term care, according to the prison’s website.

Heinrich, 53, is listed as inmate No. 18854-041, with a release date of March 28, 2033, on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons database.

Since leaving Minnesota on Dec. 23, Heinrich has been held at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center and the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Heinrich was sentenced to 20 years for child pornography in November, two months after confessing to abducting, molesting and killing 11-year-old Jacob nearly three decades ago in central Minnesota. For years, the case attracted national attention and dominated headlines.

FMC Devens houses 1,123 inmates. Among the notable inmates is Peter Madoff, the brother of Bernie Madoff. Peter Madoff is serving a 10-year sentence for his role in the imprisoned former financier’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme; he is set to be released in 2021.

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Robb Jeffries

Robb Jeffries is a news coordinator for Forum News Service. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and previously served as a reporter and copy editor for the Grand Forks Herald. Reach him at and follow him on Twitter at @robbjeffries.