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CrimeJake Patterson: Jayme Closs' kidnapper gets two life sentences

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

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Jayme Closs ' relatives spent three months agonizing over the Wisconsin teenager's whereabouts before she escaped from the man who'd gunned down her parents and imprisoned her in a remote cabin.

Jayme Closs ' kidnapper sentenced to life in prison. Jake Patterson , the 21-year-old Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs after killing her parents, was sentenced today to life in Photos of the bathroom door Patterson broke down to get to Denise and Jayme Closs were displayed in court.

Jake Patterson: Jayme Closs' kidnapper gets two life sentences© Barron County Sheriff Jake Patterson, 21, shot dead James and Denise Closs at the couple's northern Wisconsin home before abducting their daughter, Jayme, for 88 days, authorties say.

Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs after killing her parents and held her in a remote cabin for 88 days , was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

Patterson received one life sentence each for the murders of James and Denise Closs and was given a 40-year sentence for the kidnapping, including 25 years in prison and 15 years on parole.

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An attorney for 13-year-old Jayme Closs read a victim impact statement from on her behalf Friday at the sentencing of her abductor, Jake Patterson , the

In addition to the two life sentences for killing Jayme ’s parents, the judge also sentenced Mr. Patterson to 40 years for the kidnapping . Before the sentencing , a sobbing Mr. Patterson said that he wished he could undo what he had done. “I would do, like, absolutely anything to take back what I

Before making his decision, the Barron County judge heard from Jayme, 13, through a statement read by her attorney.

"Jake Patterson took a lot of things that I love away from me. It makes me the most sad that he took away my mom and my dad," she said. " I used to love to go out with my friends. I love to go to school. I love to dance. He took all of those things away from me, too. It's too hard for me to go out in public."

Jake Patterson: Jayme Closs' kidnapper gets two life sentences© Jeff Baenen/AP/Barron County Sheriff Jayme Closs was abducted after her parents were killed at the family's home, shown here after police secured the crime scene.

Later she said: "(Patterson) should stay locked up forever."

Patterson gave a statement before being sentenced, speaking with emotion at times and saying, "I would do, like, absolutely anything to take back what I did, you know. I would die. I would do absolutely anything to bring them back."

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Jake Patterson , 21, was sentenced in front of Jayme Closs ’s family who broke down in tears while reading statements about how the October 2018 double murder and kidnapping ripped their lives apart. Jake Patterson gets life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs , murdering her parents.

Patterson , 21, was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering James and Denise Closs , kidnapping their daughter, and keeping the teen captive in his remote cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin, for nearly three months before she managed to escape in January. While Jayme was not present in court

Patterson, authorities say, shot and killed James and Denise Closs early October 15 at their home outside Barron with the intent of kidnapping their only daughter, whom he'd noticed by chance just days earlier at a bus stop.

He dragged the girl from the bloody crime scene into his car's trunk and drove off, setting off a massive search.

Authorities say he held Jayme captive in his cabin some 65 miles to the north until January 10, when the middle-schooler escaped and flagged down a woman walking a dog.

Jayme's escape was a massive lift to Barron, her hometown of 3,400 people, many of whom helped police scour the countryside for her.

She now lives with an aunt and uncle.

How the killings and the kidnapping happened

Patterson decided he wanted to kidnap Jayme in October, after he saw her for the first time while she got onto a school bus, a criminal complaint released by prosecutors says.

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Jake Patterson , the 21-year-old Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs after killing her parents and held her in a remote cabin for 88 days, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. Patterson received one life sentence each for the murders of James and Denise Closs and was

Jayme Closs kidnapper sentencing - Продолжительность: 29:54 Washington Post 18 882 Jake Patterson Sentenced To Life In Prison For Kidnapping Jayme Closs And Killing Her Parents Man Who Kidnapped Jayme Closs And Murdered Her Parents Gets Life In Prison | NBC Nightly News

Patterson was on his way to a temporary job at a cheese factory, and his car had stopped behind the bus near the Closs' home.

"When he saw (Jayme), he knew that was the girl he was going to take," the complaint says.

He then planned the abduction, grabbing his father's 12-gauge shotgun and shaving his face and head so he'd leave no forensic evidence, authorities said.

He twice drove to the Closs house that month, but he was scared off by cars in the driveway or seeing lights and people in the house.

But during the third time, very early on October 15, Patterson drove to the home, and Jayme awoke to hear her dog barking. After she woke up her father, James Closs went to the front door, authorities said.

Patterson shot and killed James Closs at the door. Denise Closs called 911, but didn't speak to a dispatcher. She and Jayme hid in a bathroom, while her mom held the teenager in a bear hug.

Patterson barged into the bathroom, bound Jayme by her hands and ankles and put tape on her mouth. He then fatally shot her mother, the complaint states, before dragging Jayme out to the trunk of his car and driving away.

In her own words at sentencing, Jayme Closs brands her abductor a coward

In her own words at sentencing, Jayme Closs brands her abductor a coward Jayme Closs on Friday urged a judge to deliver a sentence of life in prison for Jake Patterson, the young man who killed her parents in their western Wisconsin home before abducting the 13-year-old and holding her captive for nearly three months until her escape. 

Sheriff's deputies drove toward the home and, unbeknownst to them at the time, passed Patterson's car.

Patterson drove Jayme to his cabin two counties to the north, near the remote and heavily forested town of Gordon.

He didn't know her name until after he'd kidnapped her, authorities said.

He made her hide under his twin-size bed

Jayme told detectives that Patterson would make her hide under his twin-size bed in his bedroom when he had people over, including repeated visits from his father. Patterson told her that if anyone found out she was there, bad things would happen to her, the complaint said.

When she was under his bed, he stacked totes and laundry bins around it with weights stacked against them so he'd notice if she moved them, the complaint says.

Jayme told detectives Patterson once struck her hard on her back. He said he kept her in line by yelling and hitting the walls, especially the two times he noticed she had tried to get out from under the bed, investigators said.

She sometimes stayed under the bed for as long as 12 hours, with no food, water or access to the bathroom, authorities said.

For three months, police and volunteers across northern Wisconsin searched for her, and detectives chased thousands of tips.

How Jayme escaped

On Janary 10, the unemployed Patterson told Jayme he was leaving for a few hours. He took off and applied for a warehouse job at a liquor distributor in the city of Superior.

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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.

A woman walking her dog saw the girl, who said she needed help. The woman, recognizing Jayme from news accounts of her disappearance, hustled her to the nearest home, where they called 911.

Patterson returned to the area and was arrested shortly afterward. Prosecutors said he confessed in detail during an interview after his arrest.

What he told journalists

Since his arrest in January, Patterson has communicated with TV journalists at least twice.

In a February letter to a journalist for KARE, Patterson said he had planned to come clean all along after he was arrested. The letter was in response to two previous letters the reporter said he sent to Patterson in jail with questions. CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the letter.

"I knew when I was caught (which I thought would happen a lot sooner), I wouldn't fight anything," the letter said. "I tried to give them everything ... so they didn't have to interview Jayme. They did anyways and hurt her more for no reason."

He said that he planned to plead guilty to avoid a lengthy trial.

Regarding a question of whether he's remorseful, he described "huge amounts" of remorse and added, "I can't believe I did this. ... It was really stupid, though, looking back."

"The reason I did this is complicated," it said, followed by an apology in big letters.

"No one will believe or can even imagine how sorry I am for hurting Jayme this much. Can't express it. I'm Sorry Jayme! For everything. I know it doesn't mean much," the letter says.

He also called a reporter with WCCO in March, telling her that he has regrets what happened.

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