Jake Patterson's father has no comment, but defense attorneys react after guilty plea

March 27, 2019 10:11 PM

The father of a Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to killing her parents and kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs from her Barron County home last October did not comment when asked by KSTP's Beth McDonough if he had talked to his son prior to Wednesday afternoon's hearing.

Jake Patterson pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. Jayme Closs was held for 88 days in a cabin about an hour north of her home before she escaped in January.


RELATED: Jake Patterson pleads guilty in case of Jayme Closs kidnapping, killing of her parents

Patterson's father issued his no comment on his way into court. Patterson's family members entered the courthouse through a different entrance than Closs family members.  

After the hearing, defense attorney Charles Glynn told KSTP he hopes Patterson's guilty plea helps begin the healing process.

The AP also reported defense attorneys said Patterson rejected all options they presented to him, including trying to suppress his statements to investigators in which he confessed.

One told Judge James Babler that Patterson "decided this is what he wants to do."

Patterson is scheduled to be sentenced on May 24 - the same day that graduation ceremonies are scheduled at Barron High School, Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane Tremblay told McDonough after court Wednesday. 

Tremblay was at court to hear the outcome, and to show support for Jayme, an eighth-grader.

"We've been focusing on all the good things and helping Jayme and the family move forward," she said.

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