Quantcast
Connect with us

Wisconsin man admits kidnapping Jayme Closs, 13, after killing her parents

Published

on

Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in a Wisconsin court on Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and murdering her parents in a case that sparked a months-long search for the girl and ended with her escape and his arrest.

Patterson, 21, who told authorities that he randomly decided 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

“This is what he’s wanted to do, he’s been consistent with that from the time that we met,” Patterson’s attorney, Richard Jones, told Barron County Circuit Judge James Babler.

The judge scheduled Patterson’s sentencing hearing for May 24.

Nearly two dozen of Closs’ family members attended Wednesday’s hearing. Patterson’s father and sister were present, and both put their heads down and wept as the judge read the charges.

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

Patterson admitted that on Oct. 15 he shot and killed the father through the front door of the family home in Barron, in Barron County, with a shotgun, killed his wife in a bathtub and duct-taped Jayme’s mouth and stuffed her in the trunk of his car, according to police.

Patterson held Jayme hostage for 88 days in his rural cabin in Gordon in Douglas County, about 112 miles (180 km) northeast of Minneapolis, according to prosecutors. Patterson kept the girl locked in his room and barricaded her under his bed when he had guests, according to court document

Jayme’s abduction and the murder of her parents terrified their small, close-knit community. Hundreds of police officers and thousands of volunteers searched for Jayme from October to January, when she escaped from Patterson’s cabin.

ADVERTISEMENT

As part of the plea deal, Patterson is not being charged in Douglas County, where he is accused of holding Jayme captive. As a result, details of the girl’s ordeal in his home may never come to light.

In a letter he wrote from jail to a local television station earlier this month, Patterson said he planned to plead guilty to the charges and that he felt “huge amounts” of remorse.

Writing by Gabriella Borter in New York; Editing by Scott Malone and Matthew Lewis

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Facebook

Testimony of ex-Trump aide implicates Mulvaney in coordinating Giuliani’s ‘rogue operation’ in Ukraine

Published

on

During nearly 10 hours of testimony to House impeachment investigators behind closed doors Monday, President Donald Trump's former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill alleged that acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were running a "rogue operation" in Ukraine that sought to bypass official channels to benefit Trump politically.

Hill's testimony for the first time directed serious attention to the key role Mulvaney played in Trump's months-long attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, an effort that led House Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry last month.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Fiona Hill delivers quid pro quo bombshell against EU Ambassador Sondland in House testimony: Senator

Published

on

Former White House adviser Fiona Hill testified that EU ambassador Gordon Sondland made clear that President Donald Trump would meet with Ukrainian officials in exchange for campaign assistance.

The former Russia and Ukraine aide to the National Security Council testified Monday before three House committees as part of the impeachment inquiry, and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) revealed that Sondland -- who's scheduled to testify Thursday -- made certain Ukraine understood what was expected by the White House.

"In a White House meeting, Sondland tells Ukrainians they will get a Trump meeting if they open the investigations Trump wants," Murphy said, paraphrasing Hill's testimony. "Then, Sondland follows the Ukrainians out of the meeting to privately make clear he's talking about Hunter Biden."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Every word is a lie’: Pompeo gets shredded for extremely misleading claims about Trump’s policy in Syria

Published

on

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced furious backlash for his defense of President Donald Trump's policy toward Syria.

The State Department tweeted out an interview Pompeo conducted with Nashville's WZTV-TV, where the secretary insisted the U.S. was "leading from the front" and building coalitions to handle Syria and other foreign policy challenges.

.@SecPompeo: We’re leading from the front, to build out coalitions that can effectively deal with some of the most difficult challenges facing the world today – and most importantly, the most difficult challenges that present risk to the American people. https://t.co/Dd6gGPs6hz pic.twitter.com/RTy2NPMZqF

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image