A Wisconsin man pleaded responsible Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her dad and mom and holding her captive in a distant cabin for 3 months. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded responsible to 2 counts of intentional murder and one depend of kidnapping.
A depend of armed housebreaking was dropped. The intentional murder counts carry a sentence of life in jail.
On the finish of the session, Patterson turned as he was exiting, going through the general public and reporters, and mentioned: “Bye, Jayme.”
CBS station WCCO reported that Patterson appeared to cry in court docket.
Patterson had mentioned he would plead responsible in a letter despatched earlier this month to a Minneapolis TV station, saying he did not need the Closs household “to fret a couple of trial.”
Patterson admitted kidnapping Jayme after killing her dad and mom, James and Denise Closs, on October 15 on the household’s residence close to Barron, about 90 miles northeast of Minneapolis. Jayme escaped in January, after 88 days in Patterson’s cabin.
Closs instructed police that the night time she was kidnapped she was asleep in her room when the household canine began barking, a prison grievance mentioned. She woke her dad and mom as a automotive got here up the driveway.
She and her mom hid within the rest room, clutching each other within the bathtub with the bathe curtain pulled shut. They heard Jayme’s father get shot as he went to the entrance door. Patterson then discovered Jayme. He instructed detectives he wrapped tape round her mouth and head, taped her arms behind her again and taped her ankles collectively, then shot her mom within the head, in keeping with the grievance.
Patterson instructed authorities he determined Jayme “was the lady he was going to take” after he noticed her getting on a college bus close to her residence, the prison grievance mentioned. He allegedly threw her into the trunk of his automotive and drove to a distant cabin.
Throughout her time in captivity, Patterson compelled Jayme to cover below a mattress when he had associates over and penned her in with tote bins and weights, warning that if she moved, “unhealthy issues may occur to her.” He additionally turned up the radio so guests could not hear her, in keeping with the grievance.
Authorities looked for Jayme for months and picked up greater than 3,500 ideas. In January, she escaped when Patterson was away from the cabin and flagged down a lady who was strolling her canine for assist. Patterson was arrested minutes later.