Crime

Report: Man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing her parents, moved to new facility

MADISON, Wis. - A Wisconsin man who admitted to abducting a 13-year-old girl and killing her parents, and pleaded guilty this week to related charges, has been moved to a new holding facility, according to reports. 

Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in Barron County court Wednesday to killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 in order to kidnap their daughter Jayme. 

 

 

Patterson has been held in the Barron County Jail since Jan. 11, according to jail records. Jayme Closs escaped from Patterson's cabin on Jan. 10 in the town of Gordon in Douglas County, about 65 miles north from her home in Barron. 

Patterson was moved to the Dunn County Jail in Menomonie this week, WCCO-TV reported Friday. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told the news station that it was an administrative decision to transfer Patterson. 

It wasn't clear which day Patterson was taken to the Dunn County Jail. On Friday night, an inmate roster for the Barron County Jail still listed Patterson as an inmate there. 

Patterson pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping in the case. As part of a plea agreement, a fourth charge of armed robbery was dismissed, and prosecutors declined to file charges for any possible crimes committed in Douglas County, where Patterson kept Jayme captive for 88 days.   

 

 

During the hearing Wednesday, Patterson was emotional and cried as he pleaded guilty. Patterson had written a letter to KARE-TV in February saying he planned to plead guilty.  

After the hearing, Patterson said "Bye, Jayme," as he left the courtroom. Jayme Closs wasn't in the Barron County courtroom Wednesday. 

Prosecutors in Douglas County never filed charges, a move widely seen as aiming to spare Jayme's privacy.  

A sentencing hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on May 24. 

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