BARRON, Wis. (WCCO) Jake Patterson, the man convicted of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole.
Sentencing began at 1:30 p.m. at the Barron County Government Center and lasted several hours. The state asked that Patterson spend the rest of his life in prison.
“Jayme should not have to spend one second of the rest of her life worrying about the defendant being free,” Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright said.
Patterson’s defense team said they understand he will spend his life behind bars but asked for the possibility of parole.
“Mr. Patterson understands, knows and has accepted … that he is going to die in prison and hasn’t asked us to argue for anything else,” one of his attorneys said.
Several family members read victim impact statements to the court and Attorney Chris Gramstrup read a statement on behalf of Jayme.
“I will always have my freedom and he will not. Jake Patterson can never take away my courage. He thought he could control me, but he couldn’t,” Jayme’s statement read. “I felt like what he did is what a coward would do. He can never take away my spirit.”
Patterson also addressed the court during his sentencing.
“I would do absolutely anything to take back what I did, I would die, absolutely anything to bring them back. I don’t care about me. I’m just so sorry,” Patterson said.
In March, Patterson pleaded guilty to killing Jayme’s parents and kidnapping her in October. He faces two consecutive life sentences for the two murder charges alone.