— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 7, 2019
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty for kidnapping 13-year old Jayme Closs and murdering her parents on 15 October 2018. He pleaded guilty in a Wisconsin court on Wednesday. His pleading came after a letter he sent this month to a Minneapolis TV station saying that he did not want the Closs family “to worry about a trial” and would plead guilty. Patterson admitted to killing James and Denise Closs at the family’s home near Barron and kidnapping their daughter Jayme Closs for 88 days in Patterson’s cabin near the small, isolated town of Gordon, 60 miles from her home.
Jayme escaped his home in January and cried for help in a neighboring house. Patterson told the authorities that the abduction was randomly decided after watching her board a school bus and decided that “was the girl he was going to take”. He kept the girl locked up in his room and kept her under his bed with the radio on if visitors came. He is charged with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping and will face life in prison when he is sentenced on 24 May. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.
Family of Jayme Closs filing into the courtroom now led by Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. Hearing starts in 10 minutes pic.twitter.com/rPYjWjm5bl
— Christina Palladino (@CPalladinoFox9) March 27, 2019
About two dozen relatives of the Closs’s family attended the hearing on Wednesday. From Patterson’s side, his father and sister were present and they both had an emotional moment as the judge read the charges. As Patterson was escorted out of the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies, he turned to a news camera and said, “Bye Jayme”. In the letter he sent to the television station, he even mentioned that he felt “huge amounts” of remorse for his actions.
So sad.. wish her the best all prayers sent to her and her family🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️
— Bby jo‼️ (@candycreature19) March 27, 2019
Jake Patterson, 21, wrote in a letter to Minneapolis’ KARE-TV this month that he intends to plead guilty. His attorneys have not returned repeated messages seeking to confirm that he will do so at the arraignment in western Wisconsin.https://t.co/jFITfr30Ny
— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) March 27, 2019
Jake Patterson back in Wis. court today at 1:00p.m. He’s expected to plead guilty of kidnapping Jayme Closs. pic.twitter.com/BqqUqmwq1Q
— Ellery McCardle (@ElleryTV) March 27, 2019