Jake Patterson pleads guilty to abducting Jayme, killing James and Denise Closs

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Barron County (WQOW) – In a packed courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, Jake Patterson pleaded guilty to killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping their daughter Jayme.

Patterson is accused of murdering James and Denise during the nighttime hours of October 15 and holding Jayme Closs against her will until she was able to escape on January 10.

As part of a plea agreement, Patterson pleaded guilty to two counts of 1st degree intentional homicide and kidnapping.

A count of armed burglary was dropped.

Patterson had previously said he planned to plead guilty so Jayme’s family would not have to go through a trial.

Patterson told the judge he understood by pleading guilty he gave up his right to that trial.

The judge told Patterson he could serve a minimum of 20 years in prison or up to life for each count.

Patterson became emotional as the charges were read aloud to him by the judge. At one point Patterson struggled to overcome his emotions to say “guilty.”

The judge said there is enough reason to accept

Sentencing is set for Friday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m.

The judge revoked Patterson’s bond.

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Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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