Jake Patterson Pleads Guilty In Kidnapping of Jayme Closs, Death of Her Parents

BARRON, Wis. (FOX 9) – The 21-year-old Wisconsin man accused of abducting Jayme Closs and killing her parents pleaded guilty Wednesday in Barron County.

Jake Patterson is charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide and one count each of kidnapping and armed burglary. He faces mandatory life sentences if convicted on the homicide charges. The kidnapping charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years, and the armed robbery count calls for a maximum 15-year sentence.

Patterson allegedly shot and killed James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 and abducted Jayme. He held her captive at his family’s home in nearby Gordon for 88 days before she was finally able to escape. Patterson was arrested a short time later.

As a result of the guilty plea, Patterson will not face charges in Douglas County, where Gordon is located.

He will be sentenced in Barron County on May 24.

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