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A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in jail for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her dad and mom in a case that mystified authorities for months till the lady made a daring escape from the distant cabin the place she was held for 88 days.
Jake Patterson, 21, 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 dad and mom, James and Denise Closs, on the household’s dwelling close to Barron, about 145 kilometres northeast of Minneapolis. Jayme escaped in January from Patterson’s cabin close to the small and remoted city of Gordon, some 97 kilometres from her dwelling.
In a press release learn in court docket, Jayme stated Patterson “thought that he might personal me, however he’s incorrect. I used to be smarter.” She stated she needed to see Patterson “locked up ceaselessly.”
She didn’t seem in court docket, and her guardian learn the assertion.
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Patterson was sentenced to life in jail with out risk for launch on every murder rely and 25 years in jail on the kidnapping rely. The sentences might be served consecutively. These had been the utmost sentences the decide might impose. Wisconsin doesn’t have the loss of life penalty.
Patterson advised authorities he determined Jayme “was the lady he was going to take” after he noticed her getting on a faculty bus close to her dwelling, in keeping with a legal criticism. He advised investigators he plotted rigorously, together with sporting all-black clothes, placing stolen license plates on his automotive and taking care to go away no fingerprints on his shotgun.
Jayme advised police that the evening of her abduction, the household canine’s barking awoke her, and he or she went to get up her dad and mom as a automotive got here up the driveway. Whereas her father went to the entrance door, Jayme and her mom hid within the rest room, 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 advised detectives he wrapped tape round Jayme’s mouth and head, taped her arms behind her again and taped her ankles collectively, then shot her mom within the head. He advised police he dragged Jayme exterior and threw her within the trunk of his automotive, the criticism stated.
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At his cabin, Patterson compelled Jayme to cover below a mattress when he had mates over and penned her in with tote bins and weights, warning that if she moved, “dangerous issues might occur to her,” in keeping with the criticism. He additionally turned up the radio so guests couldn’t hear her.
Prosecutors within the county the place Jayme was held determined to not carry prices associated to something which may have occurred within the cabin, a transfer that was broadly seen as aiming to spare Jayme additional ache and preserve particulars personal.
Authorities looked for Jayme for months and picked up greater than three,500 ideas. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10 whereas Patterson was away and flagged down a girl who was strolling a canine. Patterson was arrested minutes later.