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NEW: Douglas Co. D.A. will not file new charges against suspect in Closs case

Douglas County (WQOW) — The Douglas County District Attorney released a statement on Friday, saying he does not expect to file new charges against Jake Patterson in Douglas County.

District Attorney Mark Fruehauf said the decision involved multiple considerations, including “victim-related concerns”.

Fruehauf did write that they will continue to consider filing charges, until the statute of limitations expires. Any new charges in Douglas County would be for crimes committed in that county.

Related: Jayme Closs comes home

As News 18 has reported, Patterson confessed during police interviews to killing Jim and Denise Closs, and kidnapping their 13 year old daughter Jayme Closs in October.

Related:Criminal Complaint: Patterson chose Jayme after spotting her get on school bus, made two other attempts to kidnap her

Patterson told investigators he broke into the Closs home October 15, killed Jayme’s parents with a shotgun, and keep the teen captive in his Gordon home for 88 days. A nationwide search for Jayme concluded earlier this month after she escaped earlier this month.

Patterson faces two counts of first degree intentional homicide, kidnapping, and armed burglary. If convicted, he faces life in prison. Patterson is currently being held on $5-million cash bond. He returns to court February 6.

Related: Who is Jake Patterson, the man suspected of abducting Jayme Closs, murdering James & Denise?


Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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