In October of last year, a national manhunt for 13-year-old Jayme Closs was launched after her parents were killed and she was kidnapped. For the next 88 days, authorities would search for the teen, but hope was beginning to wane until the teen escaped the custody of 21-year-old Jake Patterson, the person responsible for killing her parents and kidnapping her.
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Patterson, who lived in a rural cabin 60 miles away from the Closs’ residence, would keep Closs under his bed when he would leave. He would put heavyweights in front of the bed so she couldn’t escape. When he had friends or family over, Patterson would blast the stereo in his room to drown out any noise Closs might make, the Daily Mail reported.
The teen focused on Patterson’s daily routine as she searched for an opportunity to escape. On January 10th, Closs did escape and ran to a nearby neighbor who was out walking her dog, CNN reported. Within minutes, Patterson’s residence was swarming with cops, and he was subsequently arrested.
Patterson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder, and on Friday, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Barron County Circuit Court Judge James Babler referred to Patterson as the “embodiment of evil” and stated his crimes were “the most heinous and dangerous” he had ever seen.
During the sentencing, Patterson broke down in tears and expressed his remorse. “I would die… absolutely anything to bring them back. I don’t care about me. I’m just so sorry,” he told the court as he added he “absolutely anything to take back what I did.”
Closs was not present in the court but did have her statement read on her behalf by her attorney. “There are some things that Jake Patterson can never take from me. He can’t take my freedom. He thought he could own me and he was wrong. I’m smarter. I watched his routine and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not,” she said via her attorney.
“Jake Patterson took a lot of things that I love away from me. It makes me the most sad that he took away my mom and my dad,” she added. “I will go on to do great things in my life and he will not. Jake Patterson will never have any power over me.”
Earlier in the week, Closs asked the judge to put Petterson in jail for the rest of his life, The New York Times reported. “He stole my parents from me. He stole almost everything I loved from me. For 88 days he tried to steal me and he didn’t care who he hurt or who he killed to do that.”
Patterson has never revealed what led him to kidnap Closs and kill her parents. He simply told authorities he saw Closs getting off the bus and decided he was going to take her.