A Wisconsin man could spend the rest of his life behind bars for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a case that mystified authorities until the girl made a daring escape from the remote cabin where she was held for 88 days.
Jake Patterson, 21, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one of kidnapping. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family’s home near Barron, northeast of Minneapolis. Jayme escaped in January from Patterson’s cabin near the small and isolated town of Gordon, some 60 miles from her home.
Patterson faces up to life in prison without release on each homicide count, and up to 25 years in prison on the kidnapping count. All of the sentences could be served simultaneously or run consecutively. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.
Members of Jayme’s family are expected to speak at the hearing, but it’s not known whether Jayme will speak or even attend. She was not in the courtroom when Patterson pleaded guilty.
Patterson also has the option of addressing the court. His attorneys didn’t respond to messages from The Associated Press.
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