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Jayme Closs’ Kidnapper Pleads Guilty To Intentional Homicide And Kidnapping Charges

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty To Abducting Jayme Closs And Killing Her Parents
Deanna Wagner | 28 March, 2019, 13:00

Jake Thomas Patterson, the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents, pleaded guilty today.

Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping on March 27, per The Daily Beast, bringing an end to a heartbreaking tragedy. As part of his plea agreement, Prosecuting Attorney Brian Wright said the fourth count of armed burglary was dismissed.

On Oct. 15, Patterson busted down the front door of the Closs family home in Barron and killed her parents James and Denise Closs before forcefully taking Jayme.

He held her captive for months at his cabin up north in Douglas County until Closs escaped on January 10 and found help, authorities said.

Patterson, 21, who told authorities that he randomly made a decision to abduct Closs after watching her board a school bus, tearfully responded "guilty" to the judge's reading of the charges of two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of James and Denise Closs and the kidnapping of Jayme, which will likely result in a life sentence.

The intentional homicide counts carry a sentence of life in prison. He told detectives he wrapped tape around her mouth and head, taped her hands behind her back and taped her ankles together, then shot her mother in the head.

Mr Patterson told officials after spotting Jayme he began scouting the Closs home to plan for her abduction.

"He rejected all that and has decided this is what he wants to do", Jones said.

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The source did not specify whether Patterson would enter guilty pleas to all four felony charges he faces.

As sheriff's deputies escorted Patterson out of the courtroom, he turned to a news camera and said, "Bye, Jayme", to an audible groan from one of her family members. Jayme and her mother, Denise Closs, hid in the bathroom, while her mom held the teenager in a bear hug.

In that note, he said he planned to plead guilty and that he wants "Jayme and her relatives to know that".

During Jayme's time in captivity, Patterson forced her to hide under a bed when he had friends over and penned her in with tote boxes and weights, warning that if she moved, "bad things could happen to her".

They received more than 3,500 tips. She tracked down a woman who was out walking her dog. Patterson's auto was pulled over later that day and he was arrested.

Tamburino does not believe a change of venue is needed, nor is there sufficient evidence for Patterson to plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

He told police he dragged Jayme outside, threw her in the boot of his vehicle, and took her to his cabin, the complaint said.

Since her escape, Jayme has been living with an aunt in Barron, out of public view but for a handful of pictures showing a smiling Jayme posted to the aunt's Facebook page.