A Wisconsin man will spend the remainder of his life in jail for kidnapping Jayme Closs, 13, and killing her mother and father.
Jake Patterson, 21, was sentenced Friday in Barron County. He pleaded responsible in March to 2 counts of intentional murder and one rely of kidnapping. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her mother and father, James and Denise Closs, on the household’s house close to Barron, Wis., about 145 kilometres northeast of Minneapolis.
Jayme escaped in January from Patterson’s cabin close to the small and remoted city of Gordon, Wis., some 97 kilometres from her house.
Patterson was sentenced to life in jail with out launch on every murder rely and 25 years in jail on the kidnapping rely. The sentences will likely be served consecutively. These have been the utmost sentences the decide might impose, as Wisconsin doesn’t have the loss of life penalty.
In an announcement learn in courtroom, Jayme mentioned Patterson “thought that he could own me, but he’s wrong. I was smarter.” She mentioned she wished to see Patterson “locked up forever.”
She didn’t seem in courtroom, and her guardian learn the assertion.
‘The lady he was going to take’
Patterson informed authorities he determined Jayme “was the girl he was going to take” after he noticed her getting on a faculty bus close to her house, based on a felony grievance. He informed investigators he plotted fastidiously, together with sporting all black clothes, placing stolen licence plates on his automobile and taking care to go away no fingerprints on his shotgun.
Jayme informed police that the night time of her abduction, the household canine’s barking awoke her, and she or he went to get up her mother and father as a automobile got here up the driveway. Whereas her father went to the entrance door, Jayme and her mom hid within the toilet, clutching one another within the bathtub, the bathe curtain pulled shut.
Patterson shot Jayme’s father as he entered the home, then discovered Jayme and her mom. He informed detectives he wrapped tape round Jayme’s mouth and head, taped her palms behind her again and taped her ankles collectively, then shot her mom within the head. He informed police he dragged Jayme exterior and threw her within the trunk of his automobile, the grievance mentioned.
At his cabin, Patterson compelled Jayme to cover beneath a mattress when he had buddies over and penned her in with tote containers and weights, warning that if she moved, “bad things could happen to her,” based on the grievance. He additionally turned up the radio so guests could not hear her.
Prosecutors within the county the place Jayme was held determined to not carry costs associated to something which may have occurred within the cabin, a transfer that was broadly seen as aiming to spare Jayme additional ache and maintain particulars personal.
Authorities looked for Jayme for months and picked up greater than 3,500 suggestions. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10 whereas Patterson was away and flagged down a lady who was strolling a canine. Patterson was arrested minutes later.