Man who abducted teenager, killed her parents, sentenced to life

Wisconsin man faces life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering parents

BARRON, Wis. (WBAY/Gray News) - The man who pleaded guilty to murdering Jayme Closs’ parents and kidnapping the young teenage girl in western Wisconsin will spend his life in prison.

Jake Patterson, 21, agreed to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping for the crime committed October 2018.

As part of the plea deal, he won’t face additional charges from Douglas County, where he held Closs for 88 days until she escaped in January.

The crimes of murdering her parents, James and Denise Closs, carry life sentences.

The judge ordered a pre-sentencing investigation that could determine where Patterson would serve his time and if he has special needs, such as counseling.

The teen was held captive in a remote cabin for 88 days before she escaped.

Patterson was sentenced to life in prison without release on each homicide count and 25 years in prison on the kidnapping count. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Closs lives with her aunt and uncle. Her family will be present for the hearing and are expected to make statements, CNN reported.

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