The man who admitted to kidnapping a 13-year old girl said he wanted to do it to spare the victim and her family the ordeal of the trial.
Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson pleaded guilty on Wednesday for abducting and keeping Jayme Closs, 13, for 88 days to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He was previously charged with one count of armed burglary, but it was later dropped. The deliberate homicide charge carries a life imprisonment sentence.
According to the lawyers of Patterson, he has always wanted to plead guilty and rejected all the other options presented to the Wisconsin man by his attorneys saying that pleading guilty was what he always wanted to do “from the day we met him.” The man was charged for kidnapping Closs and killing her parents.
Attorney Richard Jones said that Patterson refused to mount any defense they presented him, including trying to suppress his statements to the investigators in which he initially confessed to the crime.
In a statement to Judge James Bable, the presiding judge for the case, Jones said that Patterson “decided this is what he wants to do.”
Douglas County District Attorney Mike Freuhaff previously announced that his office has no plans of pursuing charges against Patterson related to the kidnapping of Jayme because they don’t want to bring in the victim for questioning about a traumatic event in her life. They said that they have sufficient evidence to pursue Patterson for life sentence for the killing of the victims parents.
Last month, Patterson sent a letter from the jail that he planned to plead guilty to the charges against him to spare the victim and her family the further trauma that a trial would’ve caused her. He allegedly wrote the letter to a Minneapolis TV station, but his defense attorneys have yet to confirm the fact.
Patterson admitted to abducting Jayme Closs after he killed her parents, James Closs, 56 and Denise Closs, 46, at the family’s home on October 15, 2018. Patterson held the 13-year old Closs in a remote Cabin for 88 days before she was able to escape last January. A criminal complaint says Patterson told authorities he decided to “take” Jayme after the girl was spotted by the suspect as she gets on a school bus near her home saying he “knew that she was the girl he wanted to take.”
The cabin where the poor little girl was taken was located 70 miles away from Gordon, Wisconsin. A 911 call was made from the Closs residence, but no one said anything to the dispatcher who heard yelling in the background. When the police arrived in the scene, they were greeted by the family’s dog and the dead bodies of James and Denise Closs; Jayme or her body was nowhere to be found. Neighbors said that they heard two gunshots but decided to ignore it as hunting is common in the place.
A $25,000 reward for information leading to the location of Jayme was issued which turned up 2,000 tips but were all dead ends. Two days after, the Closs family decided to double the reward money to $50,000.
On January 10, 2019, Jayme Closs escaped from the cabin she was held at and ran for help. She came across a woman Jeanne Nutter who immediately recognized Jayme form the news reports and took her her neighbors house and contacted the police. As the victim and Nutter waited for the police to arrive and pick up Jayme, she said to Nutter that it was a Jake Patterson who kidnapped her and killed her parents.
When the police and Jayme were making their way to the deputy’s car, they noticed a red car that apparently was registered to a woman with the last name “Patterson.” Another deputy followed the car to a remote cabin, and James Peterson told him that “I did it.”
His neighbors described Patterson as the calm, quiet and dazed. He was previously enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps but was discharged after one month at MCRD San Diego.
Before the arraignment of the case, many of the residents in Wisconsin have expressed that they are hoping to see a guilty plea from Patterson.
John Terpstra, a church pastor in Barron, Wisconsin said that he hopes the suspect Patterson keeps his word so that Jayme and her family doesn’t have to go through the painful experiences she had and reveal them in the court trial.