Station: Suspect in Closs abduction says he’ll plead guilty


UPDATE — A Minnesota television station is reporting the Wisconsin man, Jake Patterson who is charged in the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents, wrote in a letter from jail that he plans to plead guilty.

Patterson was replying to a letter from a reporter at KARE-TV in Minneapolis.

In that letter, Patterson wrote that the reason he kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents is complicated.

This is a copy of the letter the station received.

Patterson allegedly wrote that he did not plan to kidnap Closs or murder her parents, it was an impulse.

But he wrote that he knew when he was caught (which he said he thought would happen a lot sooner) he wouldn’t fight charges or a punishment.

When asked if he followed news coverage, Patterson said he followed the story on his phone.

He said if something popped up on TV about it he would change the channel and tell Jayme “I’m sorry, I can’t watch this.”

Patterson wrote in the letter that no one in his family knew Jayme was in the cabin.

He said his dad only came on Saturdays, so it was a routine that Jayme would hide on Saturdays.

At the end of the letter, Patterson wrote in big bubble letters, ” I’m sorry Jayme for everything, I know it doesn’t mean much.”

When Patterson was asked if he had any remorse or regrets for the things he did, he said, “Huge amounts. I can’t believe I did this.”

Patterson’s arraignment is set for March 27 in Barron County.

Patterson’s attorney said he heard he sent the letter but hasn’t talked with Patterson about it.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said he was aware that a letter had been sent back to the tv station.

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A Minnesota television station is reporting that the Wisconsin man charged in the kidnapping of 13-year-old Jayme Closs says in a letter from jail that he plans to plead guilty.

KARE-TV reported Thursday that suspect Jake Patterson was replying to a letter from a station reporter. The station reported that Patterson wrote that he didn’t want Jayme’s family “to worry about a trial.”

Patterson is also charged with killing Jayme’s parents in an October attack at the family’s home in western Wisconsin. Prosecutors say Patterson held Jayme in a cabin about an hour away for three months before she escaped in January.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told The Associated Press he could not comment. KARE reported that Fitzgerald told the station he was aware that Patterson had sent a letter to a KARE reporter.

Patterson’s attorneys did not immediately respond to messages from AP.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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