Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sentenced for kidnapping U.S. girl Jayme Closs and killing her parents

Sentenced for kidnapping U.S. girl Jayme Closs and killing her parents

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.

In March, he pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping, and prosecutors dropped an armed burglary charge.

The Guardian Ad Litem for Jayme Closs read a statement from her to the Court in which Jayme stated that she is smarter than Patterson, that she will go on to do great things, and that Patterson does not have any power over her. He can't ever change me or take away who I am. "He can't take away my freedom". He stole nearly everything I love from me.

Defense attorneys said Patterson told them on January 13 he was prepared to go to prison for the rest of his life for "the disgusting things he had done", and argued he had showed some remorse following his arrest. I used to love to go out with my friends. I loved to go to school.

In her statement, the teen said she had ultimately outsmarted Patterson. She said the family believes the outcome will give Jayme some "much needed peace of mind".

"Jake Patterson took (my parents) away forever", she said in a statement read by her attorney. "I would die. I would do absolutely anything to bring them back". She said Jayme's bravery and spirit were inspiring.


"You taught us an important lesson: No matter how grave your situation, no matter how dark your days become and no matter how impossible your circumstances may seem, there is always hope".

He told police he dragged the girl outside and threw her in the trunk of his vehicle. She then flagged down Jeanne Nutter, who was out walking a dog, and pleaded for help. She is now living with an aunt and uncle. Patterson ordered her to tape her daughter's mouth shut then executed her at point blank range in front of her only child. But on his third visit in the early hours of a dark but clear Monday morning, he set his plans into motion. He admitted to abducting Jayme after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, in October.

"I feel like I have some power over him, because I get to tell the judge what should happen to him", she said.

Patterson grew up in the cabin where he held Jayme. Denise told him she had called 911 and that police were on the way. Patterson, out looking for her, was stopped and arrested nearby. He held Jayme captive in a remote cabin for 88 days before she escaped. "For everything. I know it doesn't mean much", the letter says. "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". As they sped away, she could hear police sirens blaring while authorities raced towards her house.

Barron County Circuit Court Judge James Babler said Patterson, 21, was a danger to society due to his fantasies of "taking multiple girls, and killing multiple families" and he could never be released from prison.

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