Jake Patterson pleads guilty to abducting Jayme Closs, killing her parents

The 21 year old from Wisconsin entered his plea at a Wednesday hearing.
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Jake Patterson has pleaded guilty to the abduction of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents.

The 21 year old from Gordon, Wisconsin, entered the plea at a hearing in Barron County on Wednesday just after 1 p.m., after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

He has pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, with a fourth charge of first-degree armed burglary dropped.

Patterson will also not face any charges for crimes he may have committed in Douglas County, which is he where he held Closs for almost three months after abducting her on Oct. 15, 2018.

Patterson's attorney told the court hearing that his client had intended to plead guilty "from the very first day," and Patterson began to choke up with tears as he confirmed his pleas before the judge.

He is facing a sentence of life imprisonment for his crimes, and will be sentenced on Friday, May 24.

Patterson broke into the Closs home in the early hours of Oct. 15, shooting James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, dead with a shotgun.

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He then abducted Jayme and held her captive, keeping her hidden from his closest relatives at his home outside of Gordon.

The teenager managed to escape captivity in early January and raise the alarm, with Patterson arrested a short time later.

In a letter he sent to KARE 11 earlier this month, Patterson said he would plead guilty at Wednesday's hearing.

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