Jerry Arnold Westrom is a former businessman from Isanti, Isanti County, Minnesota, United States. He runs a 92-acre organic corn farm in Cambridge, Isanti County and he once owned a pair of Westrom’s Corner gas stations and a Sears appliance store.
After graduating from Elbow Lake High School in Elbow Lake, Grant County, Minnesota, Westrom earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and economics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. He earned a National Securities License through Kaplan University, which is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Aside from Isanti, Westrom has also lived in other parts of Minnesota including Waite Park, Grant, Elbow Lake, Cambridge and Minneapolis. He previously lived in Osceola, Wisconsin, USA, as well.
Westrom has three children. Here are 13 more things about him:
- From April 1991 to December 1993, he lived in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota. During that time, he had run-ins with local law enforcement for offenses related to prostitution.
- In May 1993, he met Elizabeth Anne Lines. He is 2 years older than her.
- He was 8 years younger than Jeanne Ann “Jeanie” Childs, a sex worker found dead inside her apartment in Minneapolis on June 13, 1993. He is accused of stabbing her 65 times. The case went cold until investigators reopened the case in 2015.
- In 1994, he and Lines got married.
- In 2004, he was convicted of a misdemeanor carrying a pistol without a permit in Isanti County and driving while impaired. He 90 days in jail for the former and six months for the latter.
- In 2011, he was convicted of driving while impaired with a sentence of 1 year but he did not serve that fully.
- In 2012, he was convicted of driving while impaired again. from 2012 to 2015, he concurrently sold insurance and performed brokerage services for the Crop Revenue Management of Saint Cloud, Minnesota.
- In 2015, he was convicted of a misdemeanor in Stearns County, Minnesota for attempting to hire or engage in prostitution in a public place. In 2016, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail.
- In 2018, a genealogist who supplied his name as an individual who shared familial traits to the unknown profile that was developed at the crime scene where Childs was murdered.
- In January 2019, investigators started tailing him so they could obtain a sample f his deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) without him knowing. While he was attending a hockey game with his daughter, he ate a hotdog, wiped his mouth and threw the used napkin away in a cardboard container, which was retrieved by the investigators.
- On February 12, 2019, he was arrested and booked into the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis. Additional DNA was retrieved from him. His DNA was found on a comforter, a towel in the bathroom and other items in the apartment where Childs was murdered. His footprint also matched a bloody footprint found at the crime scene. On February 14, 2019, he was charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Childs. On February 15, 2019, he posted $500,000 bail.
- On June 25, 2020, he was indicted for first-degree premeditated murder in the stabbing death of Childs. On July 24, 2020, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
- On August 25, 2022, jurors in Hennepin County deliberated for two hours and found him guilty of premeditated murder in the first degree and intentional murder in the second degree over the fatal stabbing of Childs. Represented by Steve Meshbesher, he was 56 years old when he was found sentenced to life in prison on September 9, 2022.