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Judge Gives Kidnapper of Jayme Closs the Maximum

Victim wanted Jake Patterson 'locked up forever'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2019 4:43 PM CDT
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald holds a news conference about the kidnapping of Jayme Closs last fall.   (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)
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(Newser) – A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a case that mystified authorities for months until the girl made a daring escape from the remote cabin where she was held for 88 days. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping, the AP reports. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family's home near Barron, about 90 miles northeast of Minneapolis. Jayme escaped in January from Patterson's cabin near the small and isolated town of Gordon, some 60 miles from her home.

In a statement read in court, Jayme said Patterson "thought that he could own me, but he's wrong. I was smarter." She said she wanted Patterson "locked up forever." She did not appear in court; her guardian read the statement. Patterson was sentenced to life in prison without possibility for release on each homicide count and 25 years in prison on the kidnapping count. The sentences will be served consecutively. Those were the maximum sentences the judge could impose. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty. Patterson shot Jayme's father as he entered the house, then found Jayme and her mother. He told detectives he wrapped tape around Jayme's mouth and head, taped her hands behind her back and taped her ankles together, then shot her mother in the head.

(Read more Jayme Closs stories.)

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