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District Attorney: We want justice for the Closs family

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The team that’s in charge of prosecuting Jayme Closs’ kidnapper, Jake Patterson, said justice will be served with a conviction.

The Barron County Justice Center was packed during Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright’s press conference on Monday. Wright said the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office is providing resources to aid in the court case.

Wright called Jayme strong and resilient when describing the ordeal she went through, and the decision to take her life into her own hands and escape her captor. Much like the rest of the community, Wright said it was amazing that everything fell into place the afternoon Jayme was found.

“We’re so grateful for Jayme and her safe return and now it’s time for us to obtain justice for her and for her parents,” Wright said.

We know that Patterson is charged with four felonies in Barron County, but News 18 also learned Douglas County officials are looking into possible charges there, as well. The Douglas County District Attorney said he hopes to have those charges filed before Patterson returns to Barron County Court on February 6.

Wright said if the case goes to trial, he has no intention of putting Jayme on the stand.


Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our Daybreak meteorologist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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