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“He can’t take my freedom”: Powerful statement from Jayme Closs

Barron County (WQOW) – Chris Gramstrup, Jayme’s court-appointed guardian in charge of representing her interests, read a letter written by Jayme Closs during Jake Patterson’s sentencing.

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The letter said in part, “Last October Jake Patterson took a lot of things away from me.” I felt safe in my home. I loved my stuff and my room. He took all that away from me.”

The letter went on to say it is too hard for Closs to go out into public, but said “Some things Jake cannot take away from me – my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not.”

Closs letter ended by saying, “He stole my parents away from me.

The State asked the judge to give Patterson life in prison.

Then, the state showed pictures of James and Denise with Jayme on a whiteboard in the courtroom. Patterson did not look up while the pictures were described.

Here is more of her letter:

“I loved my mom and dad very much and they loved me very much. They did all they could to make me happy and protect me. He took them away from me forever. I felt safe in my home and I loved my room and all of my belongings. He took all of that, too. I don’t want to even see my home or my stuff because of the memory of that night. My parents and my home were the most important things in my life.”

“I have to have an alarm in the house now just so I can sleep. It’s too hard for me to go out in public. I get scared and I get anxious”

“There’s some things that Jake Patterson can never take from me. He can’t take my freedom. I was smarter. I watched his routine and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not. Jake Patterson can never take my courage. He thought he could control me but he couldn’t.”

“I was brave and he was not. He can never take away my spirit. He can’t ever change me or take away who I am. He can’t stop me from being happy and moving forward with my life. I will go on to do great things in my life and he will not. Jake Patterson will never have any power over me. I feel like I have some power over him because I get to tell the judge what I think should happen to him.”

“For 88 days he tried to steal me and he didn’t care who he hurt or who he killed to do that. He should stay locked up forever.”

Clint Berge

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