Jayme Closs case: Man gets life for murder and kidnapping

Jayme Closs case: Man gets life for murder and kidnapping

In March, Patterson pleaded guilty to killing Jayme's parents and kidnapping her in October.

Patterson, 21, in March admitted to committing the October killings and abduction in Barron County, Wisconsin, holding Closs for 88 days before her daring January 10 escape.

Jayme didn't appear at Patterson's sentencing hearing Friday, but a family attorney read her first public statements about her ordeal to Judge James Babler.

"The cops say I planned this thoroughly, and that I said that ... straight up lie". I was courageous, he was not. "He stole my parents from me". The sentences will be served consecutively.

Patterson is facing a life sentence.

"There's no doubt in my mind you're one of the most unsafe men to ever walk on this planet", Babler said. As her father approached the front door, Patterson opened fire on him through a glass panel, fatally shooting him in the head, before charging into the home. In a written statement, she told the court: "I watched his routine and I took back my freedom".

Jake Patterson said, "I will just say that I would do like absolutely anything to take what I did". I don't care about me.

"I don't want another family to go through the nightmare my family has endured, judge as I come before you I ask for you to sentence the defendant to maximum sentences on each count in this case", said Sue Allard, family member.

Authorities said there's no indication that the Closs family knew Patterson before the incident.

This item has been updated to correct that commenting defense attorney is Charles Glynn, not Richard Jones.

The sentencing was handed down in Barron County Court Friday afternoon. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October and killing her parents, James and Denise Closs. From then on, he decided that he was going to kidnap her.

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.

He found the bathroom door locked. 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.

He then bound and gagged Jayme, before dragging her through her father's blood and bundling her into the boot of his vehicle. He threw her in the trunk and drove her to his cabin in Gordon in Douglas County, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of Barron.

"He kept her in constant fear, threatening her, telling her things would get worse", Wright said. "He can never take away my spirit".

Within minutes after Jayme escaped and made contact with a neighbor who was walking outside, Patterson returned to the area of the residence and was taken into custody by law enforcement who responded to the area upon the report of Jayme being found.

Patterson was also ordered to register as a sex offender, which under Wisconsin law may be required both for an actual sex offense or an attempted sexual offense.

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