Jerry Westrom sentenced to life in prison for killing Jeanie Childs in 1993

Minneapolis — Isanti Hockey’s father, who was convicted of a brutal unsolved murder, was sentenced to life in prison by a court Friday morning.

Late last month, Jerry Westrom was found guilty of the 1993 murder of Jeannie Childs in Minneapolis. The jury deliberated only two hours before reaching a verdict.

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At the sentencing, the judge said the life sentence was consistent with the law for first-degree murder at the time of Childs’ death. I have.

Before he was sentenced, Childs’ niece, Melissa Beaulieu, and Childs’ mother, Betty Eakman, issued statements regarding the impact on victims. We talked about how hard it was.

“I’ve been waiting for this ending for years, but it made my life so hellish that I truly feel that I will never forget and love her as I always have.

Jerry Westrom sentenced to life in prison for killing Jeanie Childs in 1993


“The effects that something like this produces can be pernicious,” said Beaulieu. “They affect you for the rest of your life. Losing a loved one is a profound experience.”

Genie’s sister also spoke and said she was heartbroken for Westom’s wife and children.

Westrom chose not to speak in court. The defense took time to point out evidence that was not admitted at trial. Defense attorney Steve Meshbesher has stood his ground.

“Like I said at the beginning, you said you got the wrong man. I apologize for the loss of Jeannie Childs’ life. I’m sorry to hear about the acquittal of Jerry Westrom from the Minnesota Supreme Court.” I’m looking forward to it,” Meshbeshear said.

Eakman said nothing the defense said in court would change her feelings about the verdict.

“He will try to fight as best he can, but as far as I’m concerned, the case is closed.

According to court documents, Westrom’s connection to the murders began in 1993 with a hit on a genealogy website that linked his DNA to DNA collected at a crime scene. Investigators needed more, so they tracked him down to a hockey game in Wisconsin. They watched Westrom dump the napkins into a cardboard tray and waited for the DNA to be taken.

Investigators used the match to arrest Westrom and establish a case. His DNA was found in a comforter, a bloody bath towel, a washcloth, T his shirt, and a sink. And there are bloody footprints.

During the trial, prosecutors played a 2019 interview with West Lom police, in which he denied knowing what happened at Childs’ and Minneapolis apartment. That’s all I heard from Rom.

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In an interview with WCCOjury head Derek Frudenberg spoke about three things that left a lasting impression on jurors: a 2019 interview with police in West Lom, DNA, and bloody footprints.

“He said he wasn’t there. His DNA proves he was there…his footprints show he was there at the time of the murder,” Fuller said. Denberg said.

Defense attorneys say they plan to appeal.

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