Jake Patterson, 21, is charged with two counts of intentional homicide and a count of kidnapping and armed burglary. Since his arrest in January, Patterson has communicated with TV journalists at least twice. In February, he sent a letter to a journalist for KARE-TV, reportedly expressing his remorse and saying he plans to plead guilty to murder and kidnapping charges in his court appearance. He also called a reporter with WCCO earlier this month, telling her that he has regrets about what happened. It's unclear how Patterson will plead Wednesday at Barron County Court. His attorneys have not responded to requests for comment from CNN.If he pleads guilty, the judge is expected to ask a series of questions to establish that Patterson is of sound mind, and then will likely set a sentencing date.
Patterson is accused of fatally shooting Jayme's parents in their home and kidnapping the teenager in October.While driving to a cheese factory where he was a temporary employee, Patterson saw Jayme get onto a school bus, and "he knew that was the girl he was going to take," according to the criminal complaint. Patterson said he had driven to Jayme's home in Barron, Wisconsin, twice "with the intent to kidnap" her, the complaint said. During the third time, on October 15, the suspect drove to her home, shot and killed her father, James Closs, at the door. Jayme and her mother, Denise Closs, hid in the bathroom, while her mom held the teenager in a bear hug. Patterson barged into the home and broke down the bathroom door. He bound Jayme by her hands and ankles and put tape on her mouth. He then fatally shot her mother, the complaint states. He dragged Jayme out to the trunk of his car and headed back to his home, according to the complaint.Her disappearance set off a massive search. Authorities say Patterson held Jayme captive for 88 days inside his cabin in the remote town of Gordon, Wisconsin. Jayme told detectives that Patterson would make her hide under his twin-sized bed in his bedroom when he had people over, including repeated visits from his father. The suspect told her that if anyone found out she was there, bad things would happen to her, the complaint states.When she was under his bed, he stacked totes and laundry bins around it with weights stacked against them so he'd notice if she moved them, the complaint states.Jayme "stated Patterson would make her stay under the bed for up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water or bathroom breaks."On January 10, she escaped and asked for help from a woman walking her dog, who took her to a nearby home and called the police. Patterson was arrested shortly afterward. Prosecutors said he confessed in detail during an interview after his arrest.
What he told a journalist
In a letter to a journalist for KARE-TV,Read More – Source