In letter to KARE 11, Jayme Closs accused says he'll plead guilty

A remarkable development in the court case.
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The man accused of the abduction of Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents has indicated he intends to plead guilty in a letter sent to Twin Cities TV station KARE 11.

Jake Patterson, who has been charged with two counts of murder for the killing of James and Denise Closs, and the abduction of their 13-year-old daughter Jayme, wrote a response to letters sent to him in jail by KARE reporter Lou Raguse.

The big revelation in his response, which authorities in Wisconsin are aware he sent, is that he claims he'll plead guilty to the charges at an upcoming hearing on March 27.

Whether he will be true to his word remains to be seen, but you can find the full content of his letter – including a transcript – here on the KARE 11 website.

The 21 year old last appeared in court on Wednesday, Feb. 6, during which he waived his right to a preliminary hearing that would have established if there was enough probable cause to move the case to a trial.

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The March 27 court date was due to be an arraignment hearing.

Patterson, of Gordon, Wisconsin, is accused of breaking into the Closs home in the early hours of Oct. 15 and shooting James and Denise Closs dead with a shotgun.

He then allegedly abducted Jayme and held her captive for almost three months, keeping her hidden from his closest relatives.

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

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