Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Abduction of Jayme Closs: 'One of most unsafe men on planet' jailed

Closs second from left appears with her family and supporters to receive a hometown hero award from the Wisconsin Assembly on Wednesday Scott Bauer AP FILE
Patty Aguilar | 25 May, 2019, 13:13

A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge she that wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jayme escaped in January, after being held for 88 days at Patterson's cabin near the small and isolated town of Gordon, some 60 miles (97 kilometers) from her home.

A judge sentenced Patterson to two consecutive terms of life in prison on the counts of intentional homicide, and the maximum of 40 years on kidnapping (25 years in prison, 15 years supervised release), also consecutive.

Jayme told police that the night of her abduction, the family dog's barking awoke her, and she went to wake up her parents as a vehicle came up the driveway.

"I loved my mom and dad very much".

"I would do absolutely anything, I would die, I would do absolutely anything to bring them back", Patterson said, causing his father to break down in tears.

When Babler read Patterson's confession from months prior aloud, Patterson ostensibly shook his head in disagreement.

Jayme's escape was a massive lift to Barron, her hometown of 3,400 people, many of whom helped police scour the countryside for her. He also turned up the radio so visitors couldn't hear her.

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"I have to have an alarm in the house just so I can sleep". He said he wrapped tape around Jayme's mouth and head, taped her hands behind her back and tied her ankles together before shooting her mother in the head.

When she was under his bed, he stacked totes and laundry bins around it with weights stacked against them so he'd notice if she moved them, the complaint says.

Defense attorneys said Patterson told them on January 13 he was prepared to go to prison for the rest of his life for "the disgusting things he had done", and argued he had showed some remorse following his arrest. He visited the Closs home twice before pulling into the driveway in the early hours of October 15.

He dragged Jayme through her father's blood and out to his auto. She was found on January 10, 2019. Within a matter of days, Sheriff Fitzgeraldannounced that the deaths of James and Denise Closs had been ruled homicides.

On Janary 10, the unemployed Patterson told Jayme he was leaving for a few hours.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Patterson, he had spotted Jayme while passing her residence when she was getting off a school bus.

One of Jayme's aunts, Suzi Allard, said, "I don't want another family to go through the nightmare my family has had to endure", in asking the judge to sentence Patterson to the maximum penalty on all counts. He took off and applied for a warehouse job at a liquor distributor in the city of Superior. Her aunt, Jen Smith, accepted the award on her niece's behalf. Patterson was arrested in the area a short time later. "The reason I did this is complicated". She said Jayme's bravery and spirit were inspiring.

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