Man Who Abducted Girl, Killed Her Parents to be Sentenced

Jake Patterson

Jake Patterson

Jake Patterson, the man convicted of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole. He pleaded guilty in March.

"Most people have been very concerned about the results of what's going to happen and they just look forward to having it over with", said Rick Huiras of Barron. He thought that he could own me, but he was wrong.

Jayme wrote that Patterson "thought he could make (her) like him but he was wrong".

Patterson was sentenced to life in prison without release on each homicide count and 25 years in prison on the kidnapping count. He was given another 40 years for the kidnapping of Jayme. He told police he dragged Jayme outside and threw her in the trunk of his vehicle, the complaint said.

Members of Jayme Closs' family are asking a Wisconsin judge to sentence the man who kidnapped her and killed her parents to the maximum amount of time in prison. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty. I would do absolutely anything to bring them back.

A modest, two-storey house with a side deck, and a manicured lawn: the scene of bloodshed and sheer horror just a few months ago. It's the type of place where American flags blow in the breeze outside homes and barns with high ceilings sit on open fields.

"Jake Patterson can never take away my courage". Jayme's parents had found deceased at their residence.

The Closs family's former home pictured this week.

He described the former cheese factory worker, who was kicked out of the U.S. Marines after five weeks, as "the embodiment of evil". But he shook his head on two occasions. He told investigators he plotted carefully, including wearing all-black clothing, putting stolen license plates on his auto and taking care to leave no fingerprints on his shotgun.

A missing person poster for Jayme Closs circulated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She noticed the auto outside and alerted her parents.

At the hearing, Patterson said he "would do absolutely anything" to bring back the Closs parents. Denise told him she had called 911 and that police were on the way.

January 10, 2019 - Jayme is found alive in Gordon, a rural community about an hour from her home. He also turned up the radio so visitors couldn't hear her.

While he was out, Jayme shoved the weights and bins away, crawled out from underneath the bed, unlocked the front door and stepped out onto a snowy property, wearing only pajamas and her captor's sneakers, authorities said. But there was no sign of Jayme. Investigators said he quickly admitted to the crime. Patterson later told police he shaved his head and face prior to the attack to avoid leaving forensic evidence.

Lindsey Smith, a cousin of Jayme, addressed Patterson directly. He then held her at his family's cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin, for 88 days before she escaped on January 10 and found help from a dog walker, who took her into a nearby home and called 911.

Jayme told police that the night of her abduction, the family dog's barking awoke her, and she went to wake up her parents as a auto came up the driveway. He sometimes left her there for as long as 12 hours without food, water or bathroom breaks.

Patterson shot Jayme's father as he entered the house, then found Jayme and her mother. Within a matter of days, Sheriff Fitzgeraldannounced that the deaths of James and Denise Closs had been ruled homicides.

But there were no clues to her whereabouts or who had taken her and killed her parents in cold blood.

A woman walking her dog saw the girl, who said she needed help.

Ms Nutter told the Associated Press that the girl shouted "please help me, I don't know where I am, I'm lost". "I don't know where I am", she continued.

"I will go on to do great things in my life and he will not", the statement added. "We are proud of you, Jayme".

Patterson drove Jayme to his cabin two counties to the north, near the remote and heavily forested town of Gordon. He told authorities he had been out searching for Jayme when he was pulled over. "I won't let you destroy our family no more".

Jayme's words were read Friday at the sentencing hearing for Jake Patterson. "They did anyways and hurt her more for no reason".

Jayme told detectives Patterson once struck her hard on her back.

He later explained his decision to refuse his right to a trial by jury or judge in a freaky letter sent to a Minneapolis TV station in which he stated he didn't want the Closs family "to worry about a trial".

"I still don't believe it".

"The reason I did this is complicated", it said, followed by an apology in big letters. I didn't "want" to.

Patterson grew up in the cabin where he held Jayme. He took off and applied for a warehouse job at a liquor distributor in the city of Superior.

In a rare public appearance last week, Jayme was honoured by state politicians as a "hometown hero".

She is now living with an aunt and uncle, and has only recently appeared at public events celebrating her. She said Jayme's bravery and spirit were inspiring. She said Jayme must start over "but she has her loving family behind her".

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