Jake Patterson Sentenced to Life for Kidnapping Jayme Closs and Killing Her Parents

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ClossOn May 24, 2019, Wisconsin’s Jake Patterson who admitted to the kidnapping of Jayme Closs, age 13, and holding her against her will for three months after he killed her parents was sentenced to spend his life in prison.

Patterson appeared in court dressed in an orange colored jumpsuit and was shackled around his midsection. While he stood before Judge James Babler, he looked straight ahead or down.

Chris Gamstrup read a statement by his client Jayme Closs in court saying:

“That man took away my parents. He took away most everything I have ever loved. For 88 long days, he tried to steal me, and he did not care if he hurt somebody or if he killed for that to happen. I think he should be locked up in jail forever.”

Judge Babler said that Patterson was “the total embodiment of evil.” He continued by saying, “I do not doubt that you are one of the most dangerous people to ever walk the earth.”

On October 15, 2019, 21-year-old Patterson kidnapped Closs after he murdered her parents 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs, by shooting them.

He then kidnapped Closs and brought her to a cabin 60 miles from her home in Gordon.

In March 2019, Patterson pled guilty to two counts of homicide and kidnapping. When he left the courtroom after pleading guilty, he said: “Goodbye, Jayme.”

Written by Barbara Sobel


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