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CrimeJayme Closs' full statement at her kidnapper's sentencing: 'I was brave. He was not'

14:05  25 may  2019
14:05  25 may  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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An attorney reads a victim impact statement from Jayme Closs at the sentencing hearing for Jake Patterson, the man who kidnapped her and held her captive for months after murdering her parents.May 24, 2019.

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Jayme Closs' full statement at her kidnapper's sentencing: 'I was brave. He was not'© Barron County Sheriff Jayme Closs

Before Jake Patterson was sentenced to two life sentences for kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents in October, her family attorney read powerful words from her in court.

Here's her full statement:

"Last October, Jake Patterson took a lot of things that I loved away from me. It makes me the most sad that he took away my mom and my dad. I loved my mom and dad very much and they loved me very much. They did all they could to make me happy and protect me. He took them away from me forever."

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Jayme Closs Reads Moving Statement at Kidnapper ' s Sentencing : ' I Took Back My Freedom'. " I will always have my freedom and he will not," Closs said in On Friday, her kidnapper , 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment. Just moments before Baron

Jayme Closs says her kidnapper 'took away the most important things in my life' in powerful statement read at his sentencing hearing. She was able to escape Patterson' s house by pushing the storage boxes that barricaded her under the bed while he was not home.

"I felt safe in my home, and I loved my room and all of my belongings. He took all of that too. I don't want to even see my home or my stuff because of the memory of that night. My parents and my home were the most important things in my life. He took them away from me in a way that will always leave me with a horrifying memory."

'Jake Patterson can never take away my courage'

"I have to have an alarm in the house now just so I can sleep. I used to love to go out with my friends. I loved to go to school. I loved to do dance. He took all of those things away from me too. It's too hard for me to go out in public. I get scared and I get anxious. These are just ordinary things that anyone like me should be able to do, but I can't because he took them away from me."

"But there's some things that Jake Patterson can never take from me. He can't take my freedom. He thought that he could own me but he was wrong. I was smarter. I watched his routine and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not."

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Jayme Closs vowed to never let her kidnapper take her freedom or her spirit from her in a powerful statement read at the " I was smarter," Closs said through a statement read in court on her behalf Friday. I will always have my freedom and he will not. Jake Patterson can never take my courage.

Closs statement at Patterson sentencing : ' I was brave and he was not '. He didn't, however, fully explain why he committed the grisly crimes, only saying of his motive: "It’ s not black and white." He ' s told investigators that he targeted Jayme as "the girl he was going to take" after spotting her getting

"Jake Patterson can never take away my courage. He thought he could control me, but he couldn't. I feel like what he did is what a coward would do. I was brave. He was not."

'He can't ever change me, or take away who I am'

"He can never take away my spirit. He thought that he could make me like him, but he was wrong. He can't ever change me, or take away who I am. He can't stop me from being happy and moving forward with my life. I will go on to do great things in my life, and he will not."

"Jake Patterson will never have any power over me. I feel like I have some power over him, because I get to tell the judge what I think should happen to him. He stole my parents from me. He stole almost everything I love from me. For 88 days he tried to steal me, and he didn't care who he hurt or who he killed to do that."

"He should stay locked up forever."

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