Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jayme Closs' family members read heartbreaking impact statements

Jayme Closs' family members read heartbreaking impact statements

Closs statement ended with a defiant message for her kidnapper, calling him a coward.

"My parents and my home were the most important things in my life", Closs wrote in her statement.

Babler said Patterson had written that "fear of hell" initially stopped him, but he stopped believing in God and began looking for an opportunity.

"You are the embodiment of evil and the public will only be safe if you are incarcerated until you die", Babler told Patterson at the two-hour hearing.

Patterson "will never have any power over me". The amount is later doubled to $50,000 by the Jennie-O Turkey Store, where James and Denise Closs worked. The search ended when the teen escape from captivity and Patterson was arrested in mid-January.

The intentional homicide charges carried a maximum sentence of life in prison, which is what prosecutors recommended to the judge for sentencing. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections will determine where he serves his prison sentence.

Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs after killing her parents and held her in a remote cabin for 88 days, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

The teenager's attorney read a victim impact statement on her behalf during the sentencing of 21-year-old Jake Patterson on Friday in Barron County.

It was in that moment he decided "she was the girl I was going to take", according to a criminal complaint.

In March, Patterson pleaded guilty to killing Jayme's parents and kidnapping her in October.

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Authorities say he held Jayme captive in his cabin some 65 miles to the north until January 10, when the middle-schooler escaped and flagged down a woman walking a dog.

Jayme Closs was honoured as a "hometown hero" in Wisconsin last week.

In addition, Patterson received a sentence of40 years for the kidnapping of Jayme Closs. "He thought he could control me, but he couldn't", Jayme's statement read.

October 17, 2018 - Authorities announce that investigators believe Jayme was in her family's home when her parents were fatally shot.

Patterson said he chose to kidnap Ms Closs after seeing her board the bus to school. "But he was wrong".

"I feel like I have some power over him, because I get to tell the judge what should happen to him", she said.

Six family members spoke at the hearing, urging the judge to hand down the maximum sentence. Jayme stood behind her aunt but didn't speak.

She is now living with an aunt and uncle, and has only recently appeared at public events celebrating her.

"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 day Jayme escaped, Patterson had applied online for a job at a liquor store with a resume that misrepresented his experience. Wisconsin doesn't have the death penalty.

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