Jake Patterson Sentenced for Kidnapping Jayme Closs and Murdering Her Parents

Jayme Closs

Jayme Closs

"Jayme should not have to spend one second of the rest of her life worrying about the defendant being free", Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright said.

"The reason I did this is complicated", it said, followed by an apology in big letters. "I was fearless and he was not".

"I still think that I'm going to wake up one day and this is going to be a bad dream", said Kelly Engelhar, James' sister. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections will determine where he serves his prison sentence.

While the homicide convictions each carried a required life sentence, Babler had discretion in determining whether Patterson would ever see the possibility of parole.

Added Babler, "There is no doubt in my mind that you are one of the most unsafe men to ever walk on this planet".

At the hearing, Patterson said he "would do absolutely anything" to bring back the Closs parents.

In her statement, the teen said she had ultimately outsmarted Patterson. "I tried to give them everything ... so they didn't have to interview Jayme".

Patterson addressed the court, saying "I would do absolutely anything to take back what I did". I don't care about me.

"He thought he could own me but he was wrong", she said.

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"Jake Patterson took (my parents) away forever", she said in a statement read by her attorney. He added that Patterson was a danger to society due to his fantasies of "taking multiple girls and killing multiple families".

This item has been updated to correct that commenting defense attorney is Charles Glynn, not Richard Jones. He also turned up the radio so visitors couldn't hear her, according to documents tendered to court.

Closs had a message for Patterson, who killed her parents only feet away from her. First at a fundraiser earlier this month, then a couple weeks ago when she was honored by lawmakers at the state capitol for her heroism.

Patterson had concealed Jayme at the residence, keeping her locked inside a bedroom.

He finally drove to the house during the early morning hours of October 15 dressed in black and carrying his father's shotgun.

When officers arrived at the property just four minutes later, they found the slain bodies of Denise and James at the front door and in the bathroom, respectively. 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 dragged the girl from the bloody crime scene into his car's trunk and drove off, setting off a massive search. She said it's hard to go out in public because she gets scared and anxious. "He can never take away my spirit". She flagged down a neighbor, who found someone to call police.

Defense attorneys said Patterson told them on January 13 he was prepared to go to prison for the rest of his life for "the frightful things he had done", and argued he had showed some remorse following his arrest.

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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