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Wisconsin man to spend life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing her parents

A Wisconsin man will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs, 13, and killing her parents.Jake Patterson, 21, was sentenced Friday in Barron County. He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family's home near Barron, Wis., about 145 kilometres northeast of Minneapolis.Jayme escaped in January from Patterson's cabin near the small and isolated town of Gordon, Wis., some 97 kilometres from her home.Patterson was sentenced to life in prison without release on each homicide count and 25 years in prison, as well as 15 years of extended supervision on the kidnapping count. The sentences will be served consecutively. Those were the maximum sentences the judge could impose, as Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.Jayme didn't appear at Patterson's sentencing hearing Friday, but a family attorney read her first public statements about her ordeal to Judge James Babler."He thought that he could own me but he was wrong. I was smarter," the statement said. "I was brave and he was not. ... He thought he could make me like him, but he was wrong. ... 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 be locked up forever."The judge called Patterson the "embodiment of evil" before sentencing him. "There's no doubt in my mind you're one of the most dangerous men to ever walk on this planet," Babler said.Patterson sat shaking his head during most of the hearing. Offered a chance to speak, he said he would do anything to take back what he did."I would die," he said. "I would do absolutely anything ... to bring them back. I don't care about me. I'm just so sorry. That's all."'The girl he was going to take'Patterson told authorities he decided Jayme "was the girl he was going to take" after he saw her getting on a school bus near her home, according to a ...Read more

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