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Jake Patterson was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday after kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents in 2018.
Patterson, a 21-year-old from Wisconsin, received two life sentences for the murders of James and Denise Closs as well as 40 years for kidnapping Jayme Closs. Jennifer Smith, Jayme’s aunt, said to the press after the sentencing that she was satisfied with the verdict.
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“Today was a very important step in the process of helping Jayme to move forward,” she said. “We are satisfied with the outcome and believe that it will give Jayme some much needed peace of mind.”
The family attorney read a statement from Jayme Closs at the trial.
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“Jake Patterson will never have any power over me,” the statement read. “I feel like I have some power over him, because I get to tell the judge what I think should happen to him. He stole my parents from me. He stole almost everything I love from me. For 88 days he tried to steal me, and he didn’t care who he hurt or who he killed to do that.”
Jayme was held for three months before she escaped on January 10, 2019. Upon his arrest, Patterson gave a detailed confession to police describing the kidnapping and double murder.
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Patterson first saw 13-year-old Jayme Closs boarding a school bus as he went to work. He said that he knew right away she was the one he would take, the criminal complaint states.
He told officers that he went to Jayme’s house two times to kidnap her, but was scared off because of cars in the driveway and people walking around inside the house. The third time he went to the house was on October 15.
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Jayme told investigators that she heard her dog barking that night and got up. She saw a car...
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